I believe that many factors played a role in our invasion of Iraq. One factor that I believe is largely ignored or discarded but I believe was a key reason was the defense contractors and the government officials that had ties to them. I believe defense lobbyists had been pushing the US war machine into more conflict for many years. Once GB was elected president knowing well the conflict between the Saddam family and the Bush family they found their golden egg. When a weak intelligent report came in that Saddam may have WMDs they (and our leaders with strong ties) pushed hard for action knowing full well it would mean billions in their pockets.