Condoleezza Rice, 11/11/05:
I think that Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction programs were fully expected to be there by everyone who knew anything about the program or knew anything about his history of having used weapons of mass destruction against his own people, his insatiable appetite for them, the UN sanctions against him. And it was not just this Administration that thought that he had weapons of mass destruction and that talked about those weapons of mass destruction. Nobody was willing to give Saddam Hussein the benefit of the doubt.
In fact, Condoleezza Rice was willing to “give Saddam Hussein the benefit of the doubt” in 2001.
Well, in fact, John, we have made progress on the sanctions. “¦ But in terms of Saddam Hussein being there, let’s remember that his country is divided, in effect. He does not control the northern part of his country. We are able to keep arms from him. His military forces have not been rebuilt. [CNN, Late Edition, 7/29/01]
UPDATE: In fact, Bush’s own WMD report proved that the old Condi was smarter than the new Condi:
From Saddam’s perspective, UN sanctions hindered his ability to rule Iraq with complete authority and autonomy. In the long run, UN sanctions also interfered with his efforts to establish a historic legacy. [Duelfer report, Key Findings]