"weapons of mass destruction" (WMD).
When weapons inspectors left Iraq in 1998 they said "Based on all credible information to date, the IAEA (The International Atomic Energy Agency)has found no indication of Iraq having achieved its program goal of producing nuclear weapons or of Iraq having retained a physical capability for the production of weapon-usable nuclear material or having clandestinely obtained such material." (8 ).
A poll of Americans between June 10 and 15, 2003 showed the Snow job worked 69 percent believed that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, 35 percent believe that we have found clear evidence of these weapons, and 48 percent believe that we have also found clear evidence that Iraq was supporting Al Qaeda (9 ).
A defense intelligence agency said on September of 2003 "A substantial amount of Iraq's chemical warfare agents, precursors, munitions, and production equipment were destroyed between 1991 and 1998 as a result of Operation Desert Storm and UNSCOM (United Nations Special Commission) actions. There is no reliable information on whether Iraq is producing and stockpiling chemical weapons, or where Iraq has-or will-establish its chemical warfare agent production facilities."(10 ).
Former CIA director George Tenet said his words were twisted by the Bush Administration to make it seem as if he was certain Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. He also says he was scapegoated because when no weapons were found the administration made it appear as if he was the source of erroneous intelligence (11 ).
Patrick Lang former head of worldwide human intelligence gathering for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Lang said the DIA was "exploited and abused and bypassed in the process of making the case for war in Iraq based on the presence of WMD,"(12 ).