2001Colin Powell (1937- ) | General and Secretary of State

The sanctions exist - not for the purpose of hurting the Iraqi people, but for the purpose of keeping in check Saddam Hussein's ambitions toward developing weapons of mass destruction... And frankly they have worked. He has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction. He is unable to project conventional power against his neighbors. So in effect, our policies have strengthened the security of the neighbors of Iraq...

Press remarks with Foreign Minister of Egypt Amre Moussa, Ittihadiya Palace, Cairo, 2001 February 24.

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