Powell's macabre stop at the mass graves of Halabja was stage managed to counter criticism over the United States' failure to find Saddam's illusory caches of chemical and biological weapons. 'What happened over the intervening 15 years?' Powell asked rhetorically, referencing the period since the Halabja attack. 'Did he suddenly lose the motivation?'
No, Colin. Saddam was no longer useful -- and there was no longer any reason to sell him weapons of mass destruction after the Iran-Iraq war was fought to a bloodstained draw. David Kay, the former UN inspector who is head of the Defense Intelligence Agency's Iraq Survey Group, will not find any WMD in Iraq -- not because Saddam furtively hid them but rather because they don't exist.
And that's because the US stopped providing them soon after Iraq Invasion I.
One of the weirdest things about the unreality pouring out of the White House is the claim that hey are shocked, shocked I tell you, to learn that Saddam used chemical weapons against his own people. Somehow they misspeak the fact that the US administration provided diplomatic cover for use of those weapons.