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Deputy Secretary Wolfowitz Media Stakeout following Fox News Sunday

Presenter: Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz
April 06, 2003

Q: -- might expect. But the international community and critics of the war are asking what the war (Inaudible.) Saddam Hussein, weapons of mass destruction haven't been used, they haven't been found. What's your feeling, what do you say to those critics?

Wolfowitz: We're in the middle of a war. In fact we're just at the very beginning of the third week of this war. And it really is much too soon to draw conclusions. We've made progress. We continue to make progress, but there's a lot of work to be done and there are some real dangers that still lie ahead, including the possibility that those weapons might be used.

The incredibly brave young men and women who are fighting this war have their hands full fighting it. When this regime is gone--and it's going to go, it's on its way out--then we'll have time to look carefully and with time for those things that we're sure are there.

Q: Mr. Secretary, how do you define victory in this war?

Wolfowitz: When this regime is gone, and when the Iraqi people are no longer terrorized by this regime, and are free to express themselves and free and able to set up a new government for Iraq, and when the American people and the whole world are no longer threatened by those weapons of mass destruction or the possibility that they'll be given go terrorists.

Q: Mr. Secretary, how confident are you that (Inaudible.)?

Wolfowitz: We can't say that anyone should take a leading role. By definition if you're going to have a government or even a transitional authority that represents the legitimate views of the Iraqi people, it's the Iraqi people that have to decide. But what we want to make sure is that all Iraqis are free to participate in building a future government of their country.

There have been very important groups including the Iraqi National Congress that have been struggling for the freedom of Iraq in Northern Iraq and abroad for many years. But there are many people inside the country who are still living in fear of the regime and not able to express their views. So we need a process that brings everyone together.

Q: Mr. Secretary, how many more (Inaudible.) need to be deployed to complete the war, and how many might be needed for the first days of the post-Saddam transition?

Wolfowitz: These are things you can't know and you learn as you proceed. The force continues to grow on a daily basis and we will keep sending troops as long as they're needed and we'll see what happens.

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