Originally Posted by patteeu
It wasn't a phony issue as these dilapidated stockpiles prove. Prior to their discovery, we had no way of knowing whether they existed in pristine condition or whether they had been destroyed, as Saddam claimed (or, as it turned out, something in between). Saddam had an obligation to account for them and he refused to live up to that obligation. We still haven't accounted for all of it, as these 500 or so munitions falls far short of what was outstanding. But we did account for the Saddam regime.
Phony issue. Under the best of circumstances, these types of weapons that are 20 years old = not usuable. The biggest threat from these weapons was if you stubbed your toe on one.
These are all issues used in hindsight or as add-ons to justify the invasion. There was only one reason that would justify the invasion--They had usuable weapons and were about to use them against us. That situation was never close to existing.