Those "boogie men" were, to a large degree, responsible for funneling bad/overblown intel to the President, and he made a decision to wage war based on that. They had the greatest effect of all, which was getting our troops there on the ground in the first place.
"Saddam Hussein... openly bragged about supporting terrorism against us and the Jews..."
Yes, he sent money to the families of Palestinian suicide bombers in Israel. But when did he ever "openly brag" about supporting terrorism against us?
Again we go back to the point of the article. No one is arguing that Saddam was a good guy. But who was he the biggest threat to? Were we not fed bad info? Who was feeding us that bad info and why?
We were manipulated into fighting someone else's war, my friend.
If you think for a second that the Neocons at "Think Tanks" like "Project for a New American Century" is where the CIA and the DIA gather their Intel for putting together the National Threat Assessment, then your watching way too many TV Pundits or smoking some really good stuff, because real Intel gathering people laugh at fools like Pat Buchanan and Bill Kristol.
Richard Pearle, and others like him, are simply Policy advisor's who submit their views. Intel is an entirely different beast. We are in this war because it was inevitable. How long should we have maintained the No Fly Zones as the U.N. was skimming off the Oil for Food Program?
Like I said before, Pat and Bill need to get a room, their drooling over each other is a bit much