- "Those weapons of mass destruction have got to be somewhere." - George W. Bush
It really can't be argued anymore that Saddam had WMD. It was bad enough that people actually believed he was a threat to the United States. Nobody ever really believed that; they just hated Saddam and wanted a war with someone. Why not him?
But here we have conclusive proof, straight from the horse's mouth, that Saddam didn't have WMD, yet kept up the facade that he did to project strength to the Iranians, who he apparently feared more than the U.S. And who would say Saddam was a moral or noble leader? Certainly not me, but at the same time, who can say he didn't have a right to defend himself, even if the best he could do was project the illusion of power that was completely non-existent, against his country's mortal enemy? Where would it leave Iraq to allow Iran, on the verge of becoming a nuclear power, to know that they had, in fact, completely disarmed, and were utterly at Iran's mercy were they to choose to attack Iraq?
The war in Iraq was based on a lie first and foremost because the root justification for that war - 9-11 - was a false flag black op perpetuated by criminal elements within the U.S. government. But not even that lie was big enough to justify invading Iraq. Unfortunately for the 4,000+ dead American soldiers and the many hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who were 'liberated' of their lives, Saddam was also a liar. His lies were slightly more noble than ours.