The problem is that I don't believe that we would have found anything else out differently then we did.
EXACTLY! And we would have been spared this politically-driven war! But it's a "problem" with you because you, and a whole bunch of right-wing nuts WNATED this war, no matter what the outcome on WMD's was. Cheney, Wolfwitz, Perle, Rice, etc, WANTED this war, and convinced Bush it was a good thing, be damned the facts on th weapons he said it was about!
Score one for me. You don't care about the truth-you wanted this war.
The only reason why Iraq let Blix back in in 2002 is that the US started to mass forces on the border for the invasion. If they where never deployed there nothing would have changed.
Fine, then you leave those forces in the region in case Saddam did anything stupid, but he didn't did he? WE
were the ones that were the aggressors here, not anyone else. WE
pushed for this war, when it was obvious that inspections didn't have anywhere near enough time to be effective, or to find squat.
We should have left troops there, given inspections a lot more time. Then, had Saddam lashed out, or we had found weapons, we could have fully justified the war to the world, and, more than likely, avoided the rift we caused with our allies and with the UN. And, more than likely, in such a case, Turkey would have allowed us to use their bases for an invasion.
But when we went in at the first moment, instead of giving inspections and diplomacy a decent shot, WE
looked like the thugs, we looked like the ones thirsty for a war (which, of course, the Administration was, of that there's no doubt).
Not only has this war become a military problem, the way we started it was a political and diplomatic clusterfuck, and so damaged our reputation in the world, it could take years (after another President takes over, becuase it will NEVER be restored under Bush) for us to fix the damage.