Here's an article that argues the power and influence that the neo-con agenda has over policy. Could this be the actual formula that led us into Iraq?
Reasons for Iraq War: Bush or Cheney?
The 9 Iraq-War Planners Surrounding Bush
and their PNAC / IASPS backgrounds-
Like gonerail said in another post in "Our constitutional freedoms"- How fast could Chertoff type to get that patriot act out so quickly- faster than anyone could read it, obviously?
Summary of Reasons for Iraq War: The two fundamental reasons are (1) Oil, and (2) Israel. But the mechanical reasons are (1) the neocon lobby, (2) Cheney as VP, and (3) Bush's desire to prove himself and best his father. The neocons discuss mainly on the needs of Israel (the WMD they were truely concerned about were Scuds aimed at Israel), but Cheney and Rumsfeld may be more focussed on oil.