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i don't know how credible a news source this is, but it would be a big story if it were true richard ----- Original Message ----- From: charley allan <email@example.com> To: aftermath <Aftermath-11-Septemberfirstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Friday, February 21, 2003 3:35 AM Subject: [Aftermath] White House advisors looking for a "way out" of war with Iraq > http://www.capitolhillblue.com/artman/publish/article_1796.shtml > > 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. > > > TO UNSUBSCRIBE just send an email to: > Aftermath-11-Septemberemail@example.com > > The ARROW website is http://www.justicenotvengeance.org > > > > > Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to http://uk.docs.yahoo.com/info/terms.html > > _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk