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Easing Iraqi sanctions

* Easing Iraqi sanctions (OC Register)
* Fixing a Broken Iraq Policy (LA Times)
* Continuing a failed policy on Iraq (San Diego Union-Tribune)


Easing Iraqi sanctions 
Editorial, Orange County Register, March 01, 2001

...Sanctions haven't dislodged Saddam Hussein from power and 
they have inflicted considerable suffering on ordinary Iraqis. 
As President Bush has acknowledged, the sanctions are as full
of holes as Swiss cheese. The time has come to abandon them...

But there are memories and emotional reasons for some
people in the administration to refuse to admit that the
sanctions have not worked. Some administration officials
and members of Congress seem to believe aid to the
rag-tag Iraqi resistance movement can lead to Saddam's
overthrow. Lifting sanctions might even be viewed as an
admission that the Gulf War accomplished little.

We'll see if this administration is ready to recognize reality,
end sanctions and resume some form of relations with Iraq
despite the fact that Saddam Hussein is still in power and
still despicable as ever...


Fixing a Broken Iraq Policy
Editorial, Los Angeles Times, Wednesday, February 28, 2001

Saddam Hussein had cause to gloat. Despite the battlefield debacle he 
suffered at the hands of a multinational force led by the United 
States, his hold on power remains firm. He continues to clandestinely 
develop weapons of mass destruction without the annoyance of 
international inspections, which he refuses to allow. 

President Bush's administration recognizes that U.S. policy toward 
Iraq is a shambles. Now it must decide how to reorient that policy.
The object is to keep Iraq from threatening others in the region and 
from acquiring chemical, biological and nuclear weapons. Some in 
Washington favor arming Iraqi opposition groups that would conduct 
guerrilla warfare against the regime...

Bush's advisors criticized the Clinton administration's Iraq policy 
as weak and lacking in international support. Now the burden is on the 
new administration to show it can do better.


Continuing a failed policy on Iraq
ROBERT D. NOVAK, San Diego Union-Tribune, February 27, 2001

One week after the escalated U.S.-British bombing of Iraq, silence 
pervades the normally garrulous capital. There has been little 
approbation and hardly any criticism from Congress. Most significantly, 
the new administration has not explained why it is violating Secretary 
of State Colin Powell's stricture that every U.S. military venture 
needs an endgame...


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