Rational WMD theory emerges

I read with interest a pretty rational article from the New York Times this morning.

This is likely the first article to reasonably explain what has been seen since the invasion and what the intelligence services worldwide were seeing before it, but it still leaves room for debate.

The basic theory put forth is that Saddam destroyed his stocks of WMD before the war in hopes that none would be found and the international community would back off.

However, the theory also suggests that all of the research and scientists and much of the production equipment are left in tact somewhere in Iraq.

If true, this puts everybody at the disadvantage of having to admit that not only was the threat to the US less immediate than the administration argued, but that the threat to the region and the world were certainly under a significant threat in the mid to long term.