“Bush had the annoying habit of doing what was the best for the nation rather than what was best for himself politically.”
That’s what I think. He had to know what was going on. I believe it was better to get the weapons out of Iraq and stashed somewhere where they could be monitored or destroyed then to say they were there and Al Queada use that for propoganda. (I think they got destroyed in Russia with their WMD)
Imagine if Al Queada said that they got hold of one of Saddam’s WMD?
The entire situation was volatile, and Bush/Rumsfeld/Powell had to learn as they went along. What if there was a behind the scene deal to use Russia to move the WMD for whatever reason? It couldn’t be publicly revealed.
Sometimes you just have to trust the judgement of your leader. That’s why elections are so important.