Can Inspections Keep Iraq in Check?

THE ALTERNATIVE

For those who oppose U.S. military action against Iraq, U.N. inspections are the preferred alternative for dealing with Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction. It's an appealing idea--to police rather than attack Iraq--and Bush Administration officials say they haven't rejected it entirely. The U.S. may be willing to support a U.N. Security Council resolution backing the return of inspectors if it includes a credible threat of military action should Saddam refuse to cooperate. And yet many in the Administration are skeptical that inspections can work. Why?

In the first place, uncovering and dismantling the entire store of Saddam's arsenal is an...

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