Wednesday, December 18, 2002
Material Breach: We've found some problems with the Iraqi declaration and are prepared to declare a violation, thus a casus belli, according to sources quoted here. I'm unconvinced. I've been hawkish on Iraq. I supported the president's "go it alone" stance. I was happy to rally behind a call to oust Saddam because, say, we don't like his face. But now that Bush has bought into the "process," he has to put something on the table here. If we're so convinced that we should go to war with Iraq, we should have done it months ago. Standing around wait for Russia and France to get on board (memo to State Dept: they won't) so that we can use this fig leaf of the 12,000 page declaration to go beg for UN approval is silly.