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[casi] Fw: [Aftermath] White House advisors looking for a "way out" of war with Iraq

i don't know how credible a news source this is, but it would be a big story
if it were true
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From: charley allan <>
To: aftermath <>
Sent: Friday, February 21, 2003 3:35 AM
Subject: [Aftermath] White House advisors looking for a "way out" of war
with Iraq

> White House advisors looking for a "way out" of war with Iraq
> By CHB Staff
> Feb 20, 2003, 05:47
> Some strategists within the Bush Administration are urging the President
> to look for an "exit strategy" on Iraq, warning the tough stance on war
> with the Arab country has left the country in a "no win" situation.
> "At this point, the United States and Britain does not have the support
> for passage of a second UN resolution," admits a White House aide.
> In addition, Republican leaders in both the House and Senate are telling
> the Presidently privately that he is losing support in Congress for a
> "go it alone war" against Iraq.
> "The President's war plans are in trouble, there's no doubt about that,"
> says an advisor to House Speaker Dennis J. Hastert. "Some Republican
> members want a vote on military action and some of those say they would,
> at this point, vote against such action."
> Some White House advisors are urging the President to consider complying
> with the UN position or to look for other "face saving" ways to avoid
> war with Iraq.
> President Bush, however, is reported to be "hanging tough" on plans to
> invade Iraq, even though his closest advisors tell him such a move could
> be "disasterous" politically.
> "The President has backed himself and the nation into a corner in a no
> win situation," says political scientist George Harleigh. "World opinion
> is against him. Public opinion polls show support eroding among
> Americans."
> Republican campaign strategist Vern Wilson says he is advising his
> clients to "put some distance between themselves and the President" on
> war with Iraq.
> "When you have former military leaders questioning the wisdom of war,
> then you have Vietnam and Gulf War veterans marching against the war,
> when you have Republicans in Congress questioning the President's
> judgment, it tells me we could have a problem," Wilson said Wednesday.
> The escalating loss of support for the U.S. officials has led to an
> increase of defiance by Iraqi officials, who have yet to live up to
> promises of increased support and aid to U.N. inspectors looking for the
> country's suspected weapons of mass destruction.
> Taking heart from the split in the Security Council regarding possible
> military action against the country. and the world-wide protests against
> war, Iraq has changed from saying that its officials are complying with
> U.N. demands to asking for a lifting of sanctions instituted against
> Iraq after it was forced out of Kuwait more than 10 years ago.
> "We have not seen any positive moves on the part of Iraq," one U.N.
> official in Iraq told The Washington Post, while another said, "They are
> not fulfilling their promises."
> U.N. inspectors returned to Iraq in November after the Security Council
> unanimously passed Resolution 1441, a strongly worded document that
> promised "serious consequences" should Iraq not live up to the
> stipulations outlined in the document. Those included giving U.N.
> inspectors unrestricted access inside Iraq and orders to report any
> interference by Iraq with the inspections.
> However, since last Friday, when lead weapons inspectors Hans Blix and
> Mohammad ElBaradei reported to the Security Council, the United Nations
> has not seen Iraq carry through on promises to deliver documents about
> old weapons programs nor have there been interviews with scientists
> involved with possible weapons technology.
> Large anti-war demonstrations were staged in several cities around the
> world. The United States and Britain are having trouble finding support
> for anything stronger than additional inspections in Iraq in their
> Security Council deliberations.
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