As I recall, Powell's evidence revolved around intercepted communications regarding the transfer of the materials -- but the locations were not ascertained.
Whenever a new video of Saddam surfaces, there is the greatest amount of skepticism concerning the validity of the date and whether it is really Saddam or not. I believe this is reasonable skepticism. Why then, do the "intelligence" gatherers believe communications of the transfer of materials? Before a major conflict, both sides usually dance around the truth in a game of intimidation.
Excuse me, but the speeches I heard, Powell said that intelligence knew exactly where the WMD's were.
Yes they did. As a matter of fact when they finally go around to inspecting the sites they found them looted to the extent that it was not possible to determine if anything was missing. I read today that a nuclear site was found looted.
Why on earth did they wait this long to check it out? Don't you think securing suspected sites would be one of the first things you would do? I wouldn't trust any investigation of a site that was not secured as soon as possible. Evidence may have been removed or planted by now.
To me, this all implies that Bush knew full well that the coalition forces would find nothing. Otherwise he would be making more of an effort to secure the sites and find the "smoking gun". He had nothing to show the world before and he has nothing to show the world now.
It's truly patriotic to put your faith in your country's leader and give him the benefit of the doubt. I certainly don't fault you for that.