Numerous stories are saturating mainstream media today heralding the capture of and Iraqi chemist aligned with ISIS/ISIL (archived). A substantial strain of hopium embedded in this coverage is optimism that this might lead to a reduction or perhaps even the end of chemical weapons deployments by ISIS/ISIL. Back in 2003 United States president George W. Bush made the state of chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons manufacturing in Iraq a cornerstone of his case for invading Iraq and deposing their government. Thirteen years later Iraq is no longer a country which has gone more than a decade without fielding chemical weapons in anger. There isn't any serious discussion of biological or nuclear weapons being produced any of the new regimes in Iraq yet, but one out of three isn't bad.