Listen to what Colin Powell said in February of 2001 about Saddam Hussein's military capabilities: "He has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction. He is unable to project conventional power against his neighbors."
Echoing Powell, Condoleezza Rice had this to say in July of 2001: "We are able to keep arms from him. His military forces have not been rebuilt."
Then came the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Suddenly, in less than two months, Saddam was considered a grave threat to the security of the United States and had to be disarmed one way or another.
Yet Dick Cheney is upset that anyone would dare to suggest that the administration lied us into war. Begging the vice president's pardon, what other conclusion can be reached?
The fact is we knew Saddam had no WMD and we went in anyway. That is why the excuses for invading continue to change. The chicken hawks can try to justify this war all they want, but in the end, when they try to wash the blood from their hands, their efforts are as futile as Lady Macbeth's.