The following is an archived copy of a message sent to a Discussion List run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq.
Views expressed in this archived message are those of the author, not of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq.
[Main archive index/search] [List information] [Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq Homepage]
http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/087/nation/US_officials_consider_return_of _inspectors+.shtml Boston Globe Mar 28 US officials consider return of inspectors WASHINGTON - The Bush administration, eager to prove that Iraq is hiding weapons of mass destruction, is engaged in a heated internal debate over whether to seek a return of the United Nations weapons inspection team to help expose the regime's suspected arsenal of chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons, according to government and UN officials. In addition to providing expertise, a UN delegation would help validate any findings before a highly suspicious international community, the officials said. But opponents in the administration distrust UN oversight after sparring repeatedly with chief inspector Hans Blix, the officials said. One official who has participated in administration deliberations said yesterday that Bush officials ''are desperate'' to confirm the charges that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction - the administration's primary justification for war - but undecided on whether to give the UN an equal role in assessing Iraqi weapons. A UN official also confirmed ''there's an internal debate'' in the US government about whether to seek a formal UN role. More- (I guess Putin's distrust of US re WMDs has got Bush's attention. This utter insanity simply must be stopped. Doubling the troops, sending back the inspectors.. . . . . But would it be Blix returning? I think his contract is finished shortly. Is Bush counting on personally appointing his own "UN" inspection team?) _______________________________________________ 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 email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk