Re: Marsbarbrain Re: @Matt Bryant - XonEarth Would you believe?
"....American troops gradually found and ultimately suffered from the remnants of long-abandoned programs...." Ah, but your contention is that there were NO weapons of mass destruction at all, and the fact that troops were still injured by them shows they were viable and dangerous weapons. Weapons do not stop being dangerous simply because they are stored or hidden, if Saddam really had no interest in his WMDs he would have taken the chance to destroy them all under UN supervision long before 2003. Thanks for proving my point.
"....American troops began encountering old chemical munitions in hidden caches and roadside bombs...." 2,500 chemical rockets in one hidden cache is not a few "old chemical munitions". Indeed, after the invasion the Allies found complete factory complexes dedicated to biological and chemical weapon production which had not been decommissioned or destroyed as Saddam had committed to after 1991 and were illegal under the Chemical Weapons Convention.
".....All had been manufactured before 1991." And are still dangerous today. Even the artillery shells, though they might have degraded to the point where they are not be able to withstand the shock of being fired from an artillery piece, they can still be used in IEDs or simply farmed for their deadly chemicals. Trying to pretend chemical or biological weapons become harmless if they are left on the shelf for a few years is the height of deliberate stupidity. But, even more stupidly, your insistence that their stockpiling after 1991 is of no note is in complete ignorance of the Chemical Weapons Convention, which made the caches illegal.