In the middle of a generally reasonable Newsweek article about the failure to find WMDs, I came across the following para
But if Saddam didn’t have weapons of mass destruction, why didn’t he come clean? After all, he could have given U.N. inspectors free rein; he could have allowed them to interview all of his scientists in private—even outside the country—and let them rummage through his palaces. Faced with war, wasn’t that the sensible option?
But, but …(lapses into stunned silence)