I always thought and believed that this was the problem. For reasons known only to most likely a very small circle, the Russian involvement was quietly swept under the rug. What was been smuggled out of Iraq just before the bombing started? I have had a few theories as to why this fact was not made well known. One of which, a deal was made with the Russians to go in and get the weapons out, fearing that the weapons would be used either against our troops during the invasion or against the Iraqi population during the bombing phase of the war and blame it on us. Imagine the Media going after the administration for not taking extra steps to secure the weapons and protect our troops. I have other theories but in the end none of it matters because for whatever reason Bush/Cheney did not do a good job at defending their actions in Iraq, the democrats saw weakness and went in for the kill.