Veronica's post about the WMD appeared on this site almost exactly 8 years ago, and it's worth reading again.
The truth of the matter, though, is the fact that Hussein DID have weapons of mass destruction - because he got them from us.
During the Iran-Iraq was, American weapons went to BOTH sides. The Reagan Administration secretly decided shortly after taking office in January 1981 to allow Israel to ship several billion dollars' worth of American arms and spare parts to Iran, despite the fact that Iran had taken over the U.S. embassy in 1979.
The Reagan Administration secretly decided to provide highly classified intelligence to Iraq in the spring of 1982 -- more than two years earlier than previously disclosed -- while also permitting the sale of American-made arms to Baghdad in a successful effort to help President Saddam Hussein avert imminent defeat in the war with Iran, former intelligence and State Department officials say.
The interventions also raise questions about the White House's often-stated insistence in the early 1980's that it was remaining neutral in the Iran-Iraq war, since the United States was arming both sides in its desire to see neither side dominate the vital oil region.
In the end, officials acknowledged, American arms, technology and intelligence helped Iraq avert defeat and eventually grow, with much help from the Soviet Union later, into the regional power that invaded Kuwait in August 1990, sparking the Persian Gulf war last year.
We helped Hussein get weapons, which he then used to attack Kuwait, which caused us to launch Operation Desert Shield in 1990 against Iraq, and Desert Storm in 1991,
In March of 2003, we invaded Iraq because Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. The only problem, though, is that he no longer had any weapons of mass destruction.
The Iraq war eventually led to the rise of ISIL and ISIS.
A Marine Corps M1 Abrams tank patrols a Baghdad street after its fall in 2003 during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The costs of the 2003–2010 Iraq War are often contested, as academics and critics have unearthed many hidden costs not represented in official estimates. The most recent major report on these costs come from Brown University in the form of the Costs of War, which totaled just over $1.1 trillion. The United States Department of Defense's direct spending on Iraq totaled at least $757.8 billion, but also highlighting the complementary costs at home, such as interest paid on the funds borrowed to finance the wars.
In 1992, then-Attorney General Bill Barr was referred to by the New York Times as Cover-up General Barr for his role in burying evidence of George H,W, Bush's involvement in selling WMDs to Hussein and his involvement in the Iran-Contra scandal.