I honestly can't believe that for a moment. At least in my country its widely known they didn't and we mainly went to war to secure Uncle Sam some cheap oil reserves.
I can't speak for the majority of the world.
In rural Texas, it is a widely held belief that there were WMD's found by the US in Iraq during the 2003 war (IME, anecdotally, YMMV, IANAL, whatever... I have no hard numbers just my lifetime of living there).
A second and slightly less widespread belief is that "knowing what they knew at the time, thinking there were WMD in Iraq was a reasonable conclusion".
I don't hold that second belief, but it seems more rational than the first even if I find it suspicious and unsupported by the facts.
In any case, I can attest that the first belief is in the majority in rural Texas and between both beliefs I'd guess that 95% of the population holds one or the other.
This can’t be extrapolated to the rest of the world. The vast majority of the rest of the world didn’t believe it at the time and nothing ever happened to change their mind.
If these important questions are omitted, the seriousness of the investigation should indeed be questioned.
It just looks that people tried and failed to dig up some dirt. Standard political procedure and you would find something like this for any political candidate. It was just scandalized by media.
The article is a disgrace to Wikipedia and I do see many parallels to the WMD stories. There was never any evidence of their existence as well as there is no evidence of any collusion.
Not even the hacking could be attributed without any doubt.
Even though that is a tool governments are ready to employ.
> Obama emphasized that Russian efforts caused more harm to Clinton than to Trump during the campaign.
True. He also said that Putin isn't our friend. Also true. But it isn't that hard to see that there is basically nothing here.
My opinion? A substantial part of the electorate voted Trump because they were sick of fairy tales.
Do you consider it "no WMD"?
"All of the weapons found, however, were produced prior to 1991 as part of a crash program started in the 1980s and meant to be used against neighboring Iran during an eight-year war between the two countries. "In five of six incidents in which troops were wounded by chemical agents, the munitions appeared to have been designed in the United States, manufactured in Europe and filled in chemical agent production lines built in Iraq by Western companies," the Times says."
So there were WMDs. Case closed.