Iraq: Would The U.S. Be Bombing Itself In The Foot?

The Clinton Administration is rapidly painting itself into a corner over Iraq. Daily, U.S. officials are making thinly veiled threats to mount massive bombing raids to force strongman Saddam Hussein to relent and allow unimpeded access to U.N. weapons inspectors. Already, Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright and Defense Secretary William S. Cohen are due to confer with foreign leaders as though air strikes were inevitable. "[Saddam] cannot defy the will of the world," said President Clinton in his Jan. 27 State of the Union address.

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