I wrote before the war about reports that claimed plans for attacking Iraq had been drawn up before George Bush had
stolen won the election and Sunday Dick Cheney pretty much admitted that the whole WMD justification was just a convenience that had no real impact on the decision to go to war:
Asked by “Meet the Press” host Tim Russert whether the United States would have gone ahead with the invasion anyway if the CIA had reported that Saddam did not, in fact, have such weapons, Cheney said yes.
“He’d done it before,” Cheney said. “He had produced chemical weapons before and used them. He had produced biological weapons. He had a robust nuclear program in ’91.”
The U.S. invasion “was the right thing to do, and if we had to do it again, we would do exactly the same thing,” he said.
Got that? They were going to take Saddam out regardless of whether the claims of WMD were true or not and they were willing to lie if they had to to make it happen. Remember this come November.