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Bush administration displays its bad faith

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  • thekoba@aztec.asu.edu
    The following article appeared on page A11 of the thursday 16 January 2003 edition of The Arizona Republic and is credited to Robin Wright of The Los Angeles
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 16, 2003
      The following article appeared on page A11 of the thursday 16 January 2003
      edition of The Arizona Republic and is credited to Robin Wright of The
      Los Angeles Times. This story exposes the barefaced mendacity of President
      Bush and his government and their bad faith in dealing with Iraq. It also
      shows how the Bush administration is shamelessly using the United Nations
      as a figleaf for imperialist aggression.



      Strategy Would Justify War In Iraq

      Washington--As the hunt for weapons of mass destruction continues, the United
      States has begun to map out a backup strategy to justify possible military
      intervention in Iraq if U.S. intelligence tips, U.N. inspections and Iraqi
      scientists all fail to produce solid evidence of a forbidden arsenal,
      according to U.S. officials.

      The new strategy centers on a simple premise: Nothing is something.

      If inspectors fail to uncover hard proof of covert Iraqi weapons programs,
      the United States hopes to convince the U.N. Security Council--or at least
      what President Bush has called a "coalition of the willing"--that what
      Saddam Hussein left out of a declaration on his deadliest arms and Iraq's
      subsequent actions are enough of a justification for war, administration
      officials say.

      "The chances that the U.N. will find something are slim. The chances that the
      Iraqis will tell us anything are slim. So it's quite possible after three or
      four months of no real progress in inspections that President Bush will simply
      say: 'That's it. We're not satisfied, and the U.N. shouldn't be satisfied
      either,'" said a senior administration official who requested anonymity.

      That is likely to be a tough sell at the United Nations, but U.S. officials
      say Resolution 1441, which authorized the current round of weapons inspections
      in Iraq, requires no more.

      The resolution says that "false statement or omissions" in Iraq's declaration
      and "failure by Iraq at any time to comply with and cooperate fully in the
      implementation of this resolution" will constitute a material breach of
      Iraq's obligations.

      As a result, Washington is increasingly focusing on what Saddam hasn't
      shown, declared or admitted--the sins of omission--instead of flashy new

      "The fact that the inspectors have not yet come up with new evidence of
      Iraq's WMD program could be evidence in and of itself of Iraq's non-
      cooperation," Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Wednesday.

      He asserted that the inspectors have neither the duty nor ability to uncover
      concealed weaponry. Their responsibility, Rumsfeld added, is only to confirm
      the evidence of voluntary and total disarmement by a "cooperative country."

      The effort to develop a backup plan reflects the realization that even the
      best U.S. intelligence may not lead to the kind of discoveries that would win
      world backing for military intervention to force Iraq to disarm.
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