from their state dept: http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2001/933.htm February 24, 2001 by colin powell in this paragraph: We will always try to consult with our friends in the region so that they are not surprised and do everything we can to explain the purpose of our responses. We had a good discussion, the Foreign Minister and I and the President and I, had a good discussion about the nature of the sanctions -- the fact that the sanctions exist -- not for the purpose of hurting the Iraqi people, but for the purpose of keeping in check Saddam Hussein's ambitions toward developing weapons of mass destruction. We should constantly be reviewing our policies, constantly be looking at those sanctions to make sure that they are directed toward that purpose. That purpose is every bit as important now as it was ten years ago when we began it. And frankly they have worked. """""""He has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction. He is unable to project conventional power against his neighbors.""""""" So in effect, our policies have strengthened the security of the neighbors of Iraq, and these are policies that we are going to keep in place, but we are always willing to review them to make sure that they are being carried out in a way that does not affect the Iraqi people but does affect the Iraqi regime's ambitions and the ability to acquire weapons of mass destruction, and we had a good conversation on this issue. essentially this: He has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction. He is unable to project conventional power against his neighbors. so when did this actually change?