Re: Post-Saddam Iraq?

From: Grant Callaghan (
Date: Sun 10 Nov 2002 - 03:54:54 GMT

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    > > > >
    > > >I disagree. Multilateralism and consensus has been sought, and
    > > >gained, by the US on three different levels; in the US Congress, with
    > > >the elected representatives and senators, in the mid-term elections,
    > > >where the US voters' voices have been heard, and in the UN security
    > > >Council, where the US mightily labored for the consensus it finally
    > > >achieved. Whatever happens now with Iraq, no one can credibly claim
    > > >that the Bush administration has not strived diligently for
    > > >multilateral cooperation on the issue.
    > > > >
    > > Funny, I got the impression that Bush was being dragged through that
    > > process kicking and screaming all the way. The compromises he came
    > > away with were forced on him by the other members of the Security
    > > Council rather than being his first choice and what he really wanted
    > > to do. And he still holds the position that he can ignore them all
    > > and do what he wants to if he doesn't like the outcome of the
    > > compromises. Meanwhile, we're moving ahead as if we expect war to be
    > > the only alternative.
    > >
    >Bush's cowboyish ifnya-don't-go-with-me-I'll-go-it-alone persona has
    >served the cause of peace well. Without it, there would neither have
    >benn a chance for a UN Iraqi resolution, nor would there be the
    >slightest chance that Saddam would submit to its conditions. Bush has
    >made the threat appear credible in the only way that it could be
    >credible; by actually meaning it, and with many good and clearly
    >enunciated reasons, and the fact that everyone knows he means it, and
    >why, may be the only thing that does avoid war. It's in Saddam's court
    > >
    > > Grant
    > >
    I admit that from a strategy point of view, that makes sense. The only problem I have with it is that it seems too smart for G.W. Maybe Condy came up with it. Or, more likely, Colin Powell, who has a more personal knowledge of Saddam than most people, having matched wits with him before.

    Like I said in a previous post, I have no way to really know what is going on inside the beltway. I'm too far away and the reports coming out are too biased. It all sounds like a story written in alternate chapters by Lewis Carroll and Tolkien. If they make it into a movie they can steal the title,
    "Gods and Monsters." I don't see any way it can come out looking like "The West Wing."



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