Sen. Trent Lott is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. In an interview with Newscenter 11, he said people are misreading the findings of the report.
"It didn't say that they did not have weapons of mass destruction after 1991. They said they didn't think they had an ongoing system to develop them," said Lott. "In fact, they basically said they couldn't conclude whether or not perhaps such weapons may have been moved to another country, Iran or Syria or wherever."
The Mississippi Republican said the facts are contrary to what has been reported.
"We do know that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. He tried to have nuclear weapons and at one point he did move toward nuclear weapons. And, of course, the Israelis took it out. He did have biological and chemical weapons. He used chemical weapons on his own people and on the Iranians. We know that they had more than we've been able to account for," Lott said.
"Now what did he do with them? Did he destroy them?" asked Lott. "If he did, why didn't he come clean and tell us that? Or why didn't he cooperate with the inspectors more? Or are they buried somewhere? Or were they moved to another country?"
According to Lott, there are still many unanswered questions about what really was happening in Iraq before the war.