The great mystery of the 2003 war in Iraq - "What about the WMD?" has finally been resolved. The short answer is: Saddam Hussein's persistent record of lying meant no one believed him when he at the last moment actually removed the weapons of mass destruction.
"Actually removed the weapons of mass destruction" implying that those weapons actually existed at or near the time of the U.S. invasion, something that the Iraqi Perspectives Project, about which Pipes is writing, does not claim. Ever the dutiful servant, Pipes' intent here, once again, is to represent "traces of previous WMD programs" as somehow equivalent to actual WMD.
Apr. 25, 2006 update: I have received many questions about the disposal of the WMD - Syria? Belarus? - and wish to clarify that I purposefully did not deal with this question in the above article (just as the Iraqi Perspectives Project did not). The topic here is exclusively the functioning of the Saddam Hussein regime in relation to the WMD mystery. Any thesis of what was done with the WMD is compatible with the above background explanation.
Any thesis? How about the thesis that Saddam sent the WMD to the moon inside the the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile?
I guess we'll never know.