WASHINGTON — Former Pentagon chief Donald H. Rumsfeld revealed in his new book that he urged a US military strike on a suspected chemical weapons site in northern Iraq in 2003.
He wanted it to be launched while then Secretary of State Colin Powell was at the UN Security Council arguing that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.
Rumsfeld wrote that military leaders supported a strike, based on what he calls extensive but not conclusive evidence that the site housed an underground facility for testing chemical weapons. He called it a "fairly sizable terrorist operation."
Rumsfeld said he wanted to attack the site before Powell finished his presentation in New York, because otherwise the site would be abandoned.