That Whole Rigamarole

Tuesday, January 21, 2003

Time's Up!

With this statement from President Bush today, I think we can say that the decision is definitely made and the patience of the US and UK is at an end. The final paragraph is key:
Asked how much time he would give Saddam to comply with United Nations demands to disarm or face possible military action, Bush said: "I will let you know when the moment has come."

I think that means there won't be any more warnings or requests or negotiations. We may put the question to the Security Council within the next 10 days, but it will not be a request for permission. It will be more along the lines of "We're going in. If you want to back the winning horse, the time is now."


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