“So why does Mr. Hussein want weapons of mass destruction? For their only real function — deterring other countries from attacking him. If he had nuclear weapons, the United States would have to drop the idea of invading Iraq to overthrow its government. But if the only value of an Iraqi bomb is Mr. Hussein’s self-preservation, it’s hardly worth going to war over.
For months, we’ve been wondering why the administration has been so reluctant to make the case for invading Iraq. Now we have the answer: Because there isn’t one.”