Romney & Wallace Push Iraq War Lie on the Public
Saddam let inspectors in BUT Romney continues to lie. AND he expects to be elected president!
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Actually, at the time we already knew the intelligence was incorrect because inspectors were checking out the claims made by U.S. intelligence -- BEFORE President Bush started the Iraq war -- and none of the intel turned out to be accurate. Romney has told this lie before. The truth is Saddam WAS letting the inspectors from the United Nations into the various places that they wanted to go. And the IAEA was NOT blocked from going into the palaces.
"Romney's suggestion that weapons inspectors were not permitted into Iraq before the war started is, of course, incorrect. Weapons inspectors from UNMOVIC (the U.N. Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission) returned to Iraq on November 18, 2002. Led by Hans Blix, the inspectors spent months in Iraq, issuing reports on Iraqi compliance that were a crucial part of the debate over whether to invade Iraq."
Romney repeated the false claim that Hussein never allowed inspectors in, adding that "the IAEA was blocked from going into the palaces." However, in a March 2003 Wall Street Journal op-ed, the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog wrote: "In the past three months they have conducted over 200 inspections at more than 140 locations, entering without prior notice into Iraqi industrial facilities, munitions factories, military establishments, private residences, and presidential palaces, following up on inspection leads provided by other States"
Romney has told this lie before:
On War & Peace: FactCheck: Saddam didn't refuse UN inspectors prior to war
Romney tried to pin the blame for the Iraq war on Saddam Hussein's refusal to allow weapons inspections.
ROMNEY: If Saddam Hussein had opened up his country to IAEA inspectors, and they'd come in and they'd found that there were no WMDs, had Saddam Hussein, therefore, not violated UN resolutions, we wouldn't be in the conflict we're in. But he didn't do those things.
Romney is not alone in playing loose with the facts about weapons inspections. On at least 3 occasions in 2003, Pres. Bush has made the same claim. However, that the UN's IAEA was not permitted to make inspections might come as a bit of a surprise to Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the IAEA, who reported on March 17, 2003, that "late last night I was advised by the US government to pull out our inspectors from Baghdad." Inspectors had been in Iraq since November 2002. They remained until the UN Secretary-General ordered their evacuation on March 17, just three days before US and British troops invaded Iraq.
Source: FactCheck.org on 2007 GOP debate at Saint Anselm College Jun 3, 2007