Hitchens often refers to the evidence provided by Mahdi Obeidi, Sadam's chief nuclear engineer who was captured after the war, as proof that Iraq had an active nuclear weapons program. In fact, Obeidi said precisely the opposite in a NYT op-ed 5 years ago:
"In addition to the inspections, the sanctions that were put in place by the United Nations after the gulf war made reconstituting the program impossible. During the 1980's, we had relied heavily on the international black market for equipment and technology; the sanctions closed that avenue."
This shows just how disingenuous Hitchens can be on this subject.