Here's an interesting article in The American Thinker from Douglas Hanson, who served as Chief of Staff in the Iraqi Ministry of Science and Technology last year. With certainly more authority than I have, he dismisses a notion (suggested by David Kay, among others) that has long struck me as preposterous: that the reason why we haven't yet uncovered any stockpiles of WMD is because they were really the figments of scientists' imaginations ---and that these scientists were ballsy enough to lie to the Saddamites about having created such weapons because they were somehow men of conscience. Hanson writes:
To assert that the scientists bypassed the Baathist infrastructure, the Iraqi Intelligence Service, and Special Republican Guard commanders, all the while fooling Saddam is, to put it mildly, a real stretch. To this day, many still fear the consequences of cooperating with the ISG. We would need to see the detailed rationale for Dr. Kay's conclusions on this matter to gauge if Saddam was really fooled by scientists scared to death of him and the Baath Party, or if he ran one of military history's most successful deception operations. If he did the latter, we must also ask why he would risk the toppling of his regime, and his death or capture, over non-existent WMDs. The only alternative explanation to these two questionable scenarios is that WMD stockpiles did in fact exist, but that they have been hidden, and/or spirited out of the country.