George Bush I sent an army to remove Saddam from Kuwait. He foolishly granted a cease fire leaving Saddam in charge, thinking that the loss of face would result in Saddam being overthrown. However George Bush I's army went home and Saddam remained the President of Iraq, and merely by staying in power there, against the wishes of the hyper-power, was accorded a victory. Then George Bush I lost the presidential election to Bill Clinton. So Saddam thinks I remain President!!, while Bush has gone~~. George Bush II is not the most intellectual President around, but he is not stupid. He knows that if the USA withdrew leaving Saddam in power for 2nd time, the world would laugh Ha Ha at him and USA. Having ordered the army to deploy to the Middle East, he can not withdraw leaving Saddam still in power in Iraq. The embargo would have fallen, and Saddam would no doubt resume the WMD program. While George Bush II may have wanted to go to war for many years, the decision was irrevocably made when the US congress and senate nodded through the decision to have the army start to load its tanks on ships etc which was made many months before. Only the asassination, death, resignation or surrender of Saddam could have prevented it. The UN discussions were just about officially recognising a US decision.