2. President George W. Bush on weapons of mass destruction
|“We found the weapons of mass destruction [in Iraq]. We found biological laboratories.”
—President George W. Bush, May 29, 2003
In the run-up to the 2003 US-led coalition invasion of Iraq, the Bush administration offered up many reasons for invading and removing Saddam Hussein from power, but WMDs was the foremost one. The false claim was the primary argument for a war and occupation that claimed the lives of about 5,000 coalition soldiers and nearly a half a million Iraqis.
In April 2005, the CIA closed its investigation into weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, finding nothing.