Depiction of Threat Outgrew Supporting Evidence (washingtonpost.com)
I took the threat pretty seriously, even though I thought I distrusted the Bush administration. I think I understimated their perverse pursuit of their own beliefs in the presence of contradictory evidence.
This is truly a faith based administration. They believe, they use selective evidence to confirm beliefs, they don't evaluate evidence. In this they are like most people, but they have far more power than most people.
I still suspect Sadaam had some plan to reconstitute chemical and biological weapons, otherwise I can't make sense of his behavior. That doesn't change what Bush has shown us.
For Bush empiric evidence, the foundation of science, just isn't as important as his personal beliefs, his powerful faith. There's always a balance between self-conviction and well constructed evidence, in scientists, surgeons, lawyers and politicians. In Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld/Wolfowitz this balance is out of whack -- in just about everything they do.
We need a different administration.