It is well known that Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction. We did ourselves and the International Community a disservice by claiming they did have them. Take Syria, for example, they did have wmd's and used them, killing nearly 1,200 people, including children. Even the U.S's closest alias did not want to touch Syria with a plastic spoon because of the embarrassment and even out right lies that led to the 2003 U.S. led Iraq invasion.
First, Saddam did not only have no weapons of mass destruction, but he was not affiliated with terrorist organizations. As a matter of fact, Saddam did not like Osama Bin Laden's fundamental religious ideology. That is to say, Saddam was not interested in building an Islamic state. Although ruthless and distasteful, at the time of the invasion, he was not plotting against the United States. Saddam had little reason or desire to attack the United States, as he knew our military capabilities from the early 1990's Desert Storm War. He was not seeking to send suicide bombers etc., to the United States which again he was not an Islamist fundamentalist.
Therefore, Iraq was not a "threat" the American people were led to believe. Saddam's focus was keeping Iran from attacking him. Although he did not have WMDs he did not deny having them for fear of an attack by Iran. That is to say if Iran knew Iraq had no WMDs, they might invade Iraq. Iran, specifically the Ayatollahs, desired to setup and Islamic State. The West, particularly the United States, was against such a notion. During the 1980's Iraq was bogged down in an eight year war with Iran. At one point, President Reagan provided Saddam with material support to fight the Iranian-Ayatollahs.
Iraq had no desire to encourage a potential attack by Iran. Moreover, he was not willing to risk the chance of that happening. Thus, he never outright denied having them, but no weapon's inspectors reported finding anything either, and this is problematic because we invaded a sovereign nation under the guise of having concrete evidence these weapons existed. However, we had no first hand information of any such weapons. As a matter of fact, Saddam during a U.S. interrogation disclosed he destroyed all WMDs in the early 1990's, after the U.S. intervention in Kuwait. Eventually, Saddam may have reconstituted the weapon's program, but at the time of the 2003 U.S. led invasion, that was not the case. Moreover, we the people were lied to, the focus of the joke is on you.
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2). SIDNEY BLUMENTHAL. (6 Sept. 2007). Bush knew Saddam had no weapons of mass destruction. Salon. http://www.salon.com/2007/09/06/bush_wmd/