"We don't have anything hidden!" the frustrated Iraqi president interjected at one meeting, transcripts show. At another meeting, in 1996, Saddam wondered whether UN inspectors would "roam Iraq for 50 years" in a pointless hunt for weapons of mass destruction. "When is this going to end?" he asked.
In another meeting, deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz (a Christian by the way; when do you think we'll next see a Christian as deputy prime minister of Iraq?), pipes up: "We played by the rules of the game. In 1991, our weapons were destroyed."
Just imagine these guys, who came to power with the help of not one but two murderous CIA-assisted coups, who reaped billions in underhanded cash, weapons and WMD material funneled to them illicitly (and licitly) by Daddy Bush, wringing their hands over the fact that "playing by the rules" cuts no ice with the American government! Not just thugs, not just suckers, but great gullywhopping fools as well. The perfect foils for Junior Bush, in fact: they were probably the only group of national leaders in the world dumber than his own gang. .