James S. Robbins of the National Review Online writes a compelling article on appearances can be deceiving. Sometimes the obvious argument doesn’t make sense.
The deception campaign was too systematic, too thorough, in ways that went well beyond what would be necessary simply to generate suspicion. This activity continued during and after the war when it would make no difference.
The floor tiles were missing, the walls cleaned, the plumbing fixtures gone, the pipes under the floors ripped out. This was not the result of looting — the apartment had been sanitized, disinfected. How many such sites could there have been in Iraq? Were they all found and checked?
Not to mention allegations that critical nuclear and chemical program components were taken to Syria, Iran, or Russia.