Lets face it, if a group of corporate managers drew the same conclusions from the same level of data, they'd be thrown out on their asses. This was simply "find enough skimpy evidence to validate a decision thats already been made".
That a majority of republican voters (which I am) still think Hussein was behind 9/11 and that we did find WMD's there is strikingly sad. But it explains a lot.
Hussein was our puppy to keep the islamic fundamentalists away from Israel and Saudi Arabia. When the puppy misbehaved we stripped his military might down to the point where he had to bluff about what weapons he did and didnt have to avoid an invasion. Whether we wanted his oil or felt he couldnt play the buffer role anymore without our troops in there is in question. That he was fairly helpless and had no chance of being a danger to us or anyone else is honestly not in question at all unless you cant read or think for yourself.
What we've bought is a standing role of being that buffer ourselves, suffering the daily 1-3 soldiers killed or maimed by pot shot artists claiming to be militants. The moment we as a country decide we cant take that anymore and walk away, Iran either overtly takes over the country or covertly through political assention. In fact, the group that just 'won' the recent election is full of islamic fundamentalist, many of which were living in Iran until just before the election.
Once we have a billion well armed, nuclear capable islamic fundamentalists parked right on the border of Israel and Saudi Arabia...well then the real fun begins.
That the administration doesnt comprehend the history of Mesopotamia and the implications of their actions is nothing short of appalling.
We brewed up the makings of World War III (or should we just cut to the chase and call it "The Crusades, part deux"?) and then declared ourselves "safer". :