Well, the debate over WMDs in Iraq will surely continue. But today's Washington Post suggests that if Saddam didn't have WMDs, he certainly tried hard to acquire them:
As troops massed on his border near the start of the Persian Gulf War, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein weighed the purchase of a $150 million nuclear "package" deal that included not only weapons designs but also production plants and foreign experts to supervise the building of a nuclear bomb, according to documents uncovered by a former U.N. weapons inspector.
The offer, made in 1990 by an agent linked to disgraced Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan, guaranteed Iraq a weapons-assembly line capable of producing nuclear warheads in as little as three years. But Iraq lost the chance to capitalize when, months later, a multinational force crushed the Iraqi army and forced Hussein to abandon his nuclear ambitions, according to nuclear weapons expert David Albright, who describes the proposed deal in a new book.
If this is true, I suppose the interesting question now is to what extent did containment work? Few Americans now seem to remember or grasp the military investment in containing Iraq after the first gulf war, with a near continual presence in the skies above the country and even ongoing military operations 100s of miles inside the country.