Q And do you have any comment on this draft report by Duelfer for — it says there’s no WMD stockpile, but Saddam, apparently, was looking to revive his programs?
MR. McCLELLAN: Saddam Hussein posed a danger in a post — a danger that we could not afford to ignore in a post-September 11th world. He continued to have ambitions, clandestine programs for — well, let me back up — he continued to have ambitions for weapons of mass destructions, clandestine programs for producing them, and a history of using them. And the choice facing America in a post-September 11th world was clear: either we live with a threat, Saddam’s regime in a volatile region that has exported violence, or we confront the threat. Saddam Hussein was playing a waiting game, emboldened by failing sanctions and U.N. resolutions that went unenforced. So he had the intent and capability.
In terms of the report, we haven’t seen the report. It’s my understanding that the CIA is working to declassify it.
Q They haven’t found any weapons. Does the administration think that we should continue to look?
MR. McCLELLAN: Well, the work of the Iraq Survey Group continues. There — as Charles —
Q Do you think —
MR. McCLELLAN: Well, Charles Duelfer has said that. It’s important to learn the facts and learn — we know that he had weapons of mass destruction because he had used them. And so that work continues. And Charles Duelfer is the one who will make determination when that work is complete. But it’s important — it’s important to learn the facts. There’s been a lot of speculation about what happened to them.
Q So the President would like to see them continue to look?
MR. McCLELLAN: That’s what the Iraq Survey Group is doing, Deb.