After the collapse of the Soviet Union, proliferation of nuclear/biological/chemical weapons supplies and equipment and expertise via illicit trade became more – not less – of a problem. After the collapse of Iraq…?

All those who supported this war at least partly because they thought it would be a quick affair, easily concluded before we move on to the next one, are fools or worse. We have committed to a course no less costly, and no more effective, than a robust inspection system would have been. Inspections will, in fact, be more necessary after the war than ever, and harder to conduct after important information sources have been blown up.