csmonitor.com posted a story regarding how much Bush really wanted to get Saddam at all costs even before 9-11
"Clarke wrote that the day after Sept. 11, 2001, the president pulled him and a small group of aides into the Situation Room, closed the door and said, "Go back over everything, everything. See if Saddam did this." Clarke said he replied, "But Mr. President, Al Qaeda did this."Was it for Oil? Revenge for his Father? What? We would all really like to know.
"I know, I know," Mr. Bush is quoted. "But see if Saddam is involved. Just look. I want to know any shred.""