where are iraq's wmds?
With the conquest of Iraq successful--well, major combat operations concluded, anyway--the world eagerly awaits evidence of those mountains of chemical weapons and swimming pools full of anthrax the Bush Administration kept
lying about alluding to. After all, Administration officials repeatedly claimed they had proof (although if they had anything convincing to someone not already convinced, they declined to share it), and claimed to know exactly where it all was.
Now, I came to understand not long before the war that so-called weapons of mass destruction (an ominous sounding term, to be sure, but peanuts when nuclear weapons are out of the picture) was merely a pretext for Bush's true desire of regime change--excuse me, "liberation of the people of Iraq." Still, as the war on Iraq wound down, I kept wondering where all the WMDs were--why initial reports kept turning out negative.
CalPundit, like myself, basically assumed that Iraq had some chemical or biological weapons, somewhere. My argument (not CalPundit's) has been that whatever there might have been hardly constituted a threat to the US, a perception obviously shared by Iraq's neighbors and amply vindicated in the war itself as Saddam never used them even in defense of Baghdad. No CalPundit senses, like myself, that evidence of their existence (and in quantity, thank you) is long overdue:
[S]o far there's nothing. No sign of nuclear development, which is very hard to hide, and not even any sign of chem or bio weapons yet. Since our case for war was predicated on the notion that Iraq posed an imminent danger, one that required immediate action instead of allowing the inspectors more time to work, surely there ought to be enough of this stuff around that we should be finding it by now. After all, we don't want it to fall into the wrong hands, so locating it and securing it ought to be a top military priority.
If we don't find it quickly, this indicates that our intelligence operations were wildly ineffective. If we don't find it at all, it means we were lying through our teeth. Neither one is an appealing prospect.
Update: Just for the record, merely finding the weapons will not be retroactive justification for the war, any more than the military victory was. There's no such thing as "retroactive justification;" where war is concerned, justification demonstrably exists in advance, or not at all.