Decrepit and Declining
Contrary to Bush's assertions that the Iraqi threat was "grave and gathering," the Iraqi threat was decrepit and declining.
The the final report of the chief U.S. arms inspector, Charles Duelfer, concludes that Hussein did not have any weapons of mass destruction or any active WMD programs. In fact, "the state of Hussein's weapons-development programs and knowledge base was less advanced in 2003, when the war began, than it was in 1998, when international inspectors left Iraq." [WP]
The administration should have let the inspections process work. When conservatives criticize sanctions in the future, remember: Iraq proves they work.