Originally Posted by Botnst
1. No he was not, Jim. The burden of proof was on Saddam to demonstrate that he had no WMD and no means of reconstituting them and no means of delivering them. Saddam never did that and there are still thousands of tons unaccounted for.
2. You have no case.
The thousands of tons of inventory Bot is long gone - we went through this when the Duelfer Report was broght up and reviewed line by line here. The stuff-there-was-so-much-of is chemically unstable and has a relatively short shelf life. While it would not be recommended as a vitamin supplement, it is no longer WMD grade stuff.
And it was Hans Blix's opinion that Saddam was making good on his obligation at the time the UN was thrown out so Shock and Awe could commence.
I agree it was Saddam's responsibility to account for the inventoried bad stuff he had accumulated before the first Gulf War, but it was also up to those reviewing the data to be able to determine if the story being pitched was truthful or not. You seem to forget that Hans Blix changed his tune in about January or February of 2003 on this subject. You also seem to think Iraq would have disposed of such materials in a responsible manner, keeping records and the like. I am not sure that is necessarily valid. It may be that they didn't view record keeping all that important. I don't blame them, as, in all likelihood, just as we did with the UN weapons inspectors, we would have felt no compunctions about impuning the integrity of the persons in charge of record keeping and declared the records to be inaccurate, or forged. Regardless of the data offered to show compliance, from about February 2001 on, Saddam was going down at the hands of George W. Bush.
Saddam could not have prevented Bush from orderiing the invasion under any circumstances - not even by giving himself and his sons up. We would have invited ourselves in at that point as well. While we already know you were ok with the invasion, regardless of the rationale used to sell it to the rest of the world and the rest of America, many of us are not.