The WMD Red Herring
Hearing the "conclusions" (more like allusions, actually) of the “The Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction, it brings to mind a subject I've been meaning to make for a while.
In all the talk about WMDs, a key point, probably the key point, at least militarily, seems to have been missed by the commentators left, right and center:
With the US massing troops on his border, Saddam disarmed himself of his most effective weapons. Saddam was an experienced commander, the scourge of his region, and as hard-nosed as they come. Yet he was so confused by the situation that he steadfastly did what he could to weaken his military right before battle!
That he had WMDs is not in dispute, really - just ask the Kurds that he gassed, for example. The only real question is whether he dismantled, deported or destroyed them, pick one.
Yet while everyone argues about which path he chose, we all seem to missing the bigger story, that he disarmed himself in the face of an invasion. Wow.
BTW, the above also means that Bush, the simplisme that he is, both anticipated and used the French to aid him in his war effort, since it was they who largely convinced Saddam that the invasion, all evidence to the contrary, would never happen.
Think they've figured it out yet?