Iraq: Not as lonely as he looks

World leaders are decrying Bush's war plans, but he can bring them around

Those Bushes--they love serial schmoozing. Twelve years ago, after Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, the family's first President used to boast about the number of world leaders he'd managed to telephone in an afternoon. Now his son has caught the bug. Six days before he was due to give a speech at the United Nations, President Bush spoke about Iraq to his opposite numbers in France, China and Russia. The next day Bush was host to British Prime Minister Tony Blair at Camp David before preparing to meet Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien on Sept. 9.

The diplomatic chatter marks a...

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