http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/06/politics/06INTE.html As American soldiers massed on the Iraqi border in March and diplomats argued about war, an influential adviser to the Pentagon received a secret message from a Lebanese-American businessman: Saddam Hussein wanted to make a deal. Iraqi officials, including the chief of the Iraqi Intelligence Service, had told the businessman that they wanted Washington to know that Iraq no longer had weapons of mass destruction, and they offered to allow American troops and experts to conduct a search. The businessman said in an interview that the Iraqis also offered to hand over a man accused of being involved in the World Trade Center bombing in 1993 who was being held in Baghdad. At one point, he said, the Iraqis pledged to hold elections. Isn't this the type of deal the Bush Administration "said" they wanted from Hussein? Granted, the method was questionable, but one would think the government would have taken more steps than " `Tell them that we will see them in Baghdad.'" (Perle).