Saddam will be found if alive, says Rumsfeld
WASHINGTON: US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Sunday he was confident Saddam Hussein would be found if alive and his weapons of mass destruction uncovered.
In a series of television interviews, Rumsfeld said he thought the decisive American defeat of Saddam’s government would serve as a powerful message to other nations with links to terrorism.
Rumsfeld said he thought the weapons of mass destruction the United States accused Saddam of harboring would be uncovered once lower-ranking Iraqis came forward. “I never believed that we’d just tumble over weapons of mass destruction in that country,” he said.
The new US advisor to Iraq’s industry ministry said Sunday he hoped that France and Germany, which led opposition to the war, would be allowed to take part in the rebuilding of Iraq. But Tim Carney, a career diplomat tapped to advise what is one of Iraq’s largest ministries, said the two longtime US allies would have to accept that the US-led coalition is calling the shots. —Agencies