A letter writer Thursday repeated the tired charges that the Bush administration "through numerous falsehoods and deceptions," dragged the country into the Iraq War. Only the naive actually believe Saddam's weapons were not carted out of Iraq when he realized there would be war. Or the weapons could still be there, only a few productive months having been spent in the search. When they were expelled in 1998, the U.N. inspectors were still dismantling his weapons, so the obvious conclusion is that he still had WMD in-country this year.
Actually, the point regarding WMD is moot. Libyan strongman Qaddafi finally understood this and has just announced that U.N. inspectors would be invited into his country to verify the dissolution of his efforts to create WMD. The reason: The emphasis now, at least by the United States and Britain, on preemptive war with respect to rogue nations.
Saddam failed to understand this new approach in the aftermath of the Gulf War in 1991, when the U.S.A., primarily, kicked him out of Kuwait, a preemptive strike, since Saddam had not attacked the U.S.A. He was lulled into believing America had gone soft during the '90s, because the Clinton administration made no substantive effort to punish al- Qaida after the first bombing of the WTC in 1993 or the bombing of the African embassies in 1998, killing hundreds, or the killing of American troops in Saudi Arabia in 1995-96, not to mention the "blackhawk down" Somalia fiasco in 1993. If Gore had been elected in 2000, Saddam would still be stockpiling his weapons and perhaps have invaded Saudi Arabia by now and taken the entire Arabian Peninsula (the world's oil well), his actual targets in the Gulf War, before George H.W. Bush stopped him.