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[casi] Bush: send back inspectors?
_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.


(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?)

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