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Saddam – and Powell – Win

Friday, 01 November 2002 12:00 AM

When President Bush, Vice President Cheney and Condi Rice met early Wednesday morning in the White House with Chief U.N. Inspector Hans Blix, they were agreeing to a U.N. inspections process that

This U.N. arrangement caps what has been one of the worst-run American efforts to rally American – and world – public opinion –

From the get-go, Team Bush had derided the U.N. and the inspections process as being a total sham. Well, now they have signed on to it!

Saddam must be cackling with delight. He – and American haters inside the U.N. – have bought months of extra time for Saddam to hide and move his weapons. Don't be surprised if he has secreted these labs and stockpiles inside the neighboring mountains of Iran and Syria – knowing full well that U.N. inspectors can't and won't be asking to go there.

(There is precedent for this; during the Gulf War, Saddam flew most of his air force into the mountains of Iran. And Vietnam constantly has moved living U.S. POWs across the border into Laos to avoid problems.)

Furthermore, Team Bush has also agreed with Hans Blix that Saddam will need

Meanwhile, here at home, the Bush White House has botched this thing from the minutes after 9/11. Why did they trash the Czech intelligence report linking Mohamed Atta to the Iraqis? Had they gone along with that report, they could have – right from the start – linked Saddam to Osama and gone after both

Instead, the War on Terror has been confined to al-Qaeda – and Team Bush has spent the last seven months trying to convince a reluctant world that now Saddam, too, is a threat. Yet the more President Bush talks about it, the less the American people are buying it. All public opinion polls show that support for a war against Iraq has declined by more than 10 percent in the past two weeks.

What a disaster it has become.

Powell – always against taking out Saddam – led the charge in the 1991 Gulf War against pursuing the Iraqi Republican Guard back into Iraq. He, along with former President Bush, allowed Saddam to remain in power.

As secretary of state he opposed this new war against Iraq – also right from the start. Now he has convinced Bush and Cheney and Rice to accede to the United Nations. Soon hundreds of inspectors will be traipsing all over Iraq. They will find nothing! And as long as they are there, they will serve inadvertently as "human shields" for Saddam. He knows full well that as long as they are inside Iraq, the U.S. cannot and will not initiate an attack.

Thus we now face an amazing reality: Saddam may now remain in power and even outlast a second President Bush.

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