Removing Saddam from power was essential in the WOT. He was a threat to us and the region. The WMD equation was simply one of a dozen reasons why his regime needed to be removed (and that equation was solved...as the world will never be threatened by WMDs, bluffing or not, by a Saddam regime again).
Lastly, the reality is Saddam produced and used WMDs in the past - He had all the capabilities to produce WMDs in short order....That we didn't find large stock piles is meaningless on the whole...(outside of the MSM and the terrible PR staff of the WH on this issue).
“Removing Saddam from power was essential in the WOT”
You seem to be saying that it is irrelevant whether or not Saddam had WMD. Yes, that may be true.
But, it would be outrageously ironic if it turns out that in fact Saddam did have them. And, the thesis of these articles seem persuasive. It makes sense that he did have them and that they were moved. That is something logical that the terrorists would do.