The Bush administration had little faith in Saddam Hussein. Starting in 2002, the White House began placing demands upon Baghdad such as complying with United Nations weapons inspectors. Washington felt that Iraq was never fully cooperating, and that was part of its justification for going to war. Unbeknownst to the U.S., Saddam Hussein was trying to appease America. His government didnít believe that President Bush wanted a war, but that a military strike was definitely possible, given the animosity between the two countries. In response, Saddam was trying to be non-confrontational, and not give the U.S. any excuse to launch a new offensive. As it turned out, this was a case of two countries completing misreading each other.