No, I mean pre-invasion. What was the point of the dozens of resolutions and the decade+ of enforcing the no-fly zones if none of it mattered? It's my main point of contention. The US didn't become involved in Iraq when it invaded in 2003, the invasion was simply a continuation of 12 years of policy. If everything you are saying was a foregone conclusion all along, the US should have pulled out of Iraq a year or two at most after 1991 was complete.