C'mon Expat, yes I know damn near all militaries will exaggerate their capabilities, but even with that said comparing the former Soviet Union with Iraq is ridiculous. If we had ever thought we could roll over the Soviet Union like we did Iraq twice, we likely would have done it. Bottom line it was a bad comparison, even with said exaggerations the Soviet Union still would have been far far more damaging to go up against them then Iraq.
I am fully aware that our President has high levels of Security but again to draw a comparison to Saddam's last years in power is again highly ridiculous! He was under constant threat of assassination to a far higher degree then ever before coming from both the civilian sector and his own military the Isreali's and probably numerous others.
Bottom line, there weren't the threat they were made out to be and deception was used to get approval for this war that didn't need to happen.