CAN THEY WORK THIS TIME? Bush hoped his call for arms monitors would give the U.S. cover for a war. Here's how Saddam will try to use them to avoid one

It's hard enough to organize a pre-emptive war with midterm elections looming and the stock market swooning and close allies refusing to participate. So the first-strike hard-liners in the Bush Administration must have found it hard to swallow when Secretary of State Colin Powell, speaking on a video conference call with the vacationing President in Texas last month, argued for the need to go through the United Nations before marching on Baghdad. But Powell pitched it cleverly, says a senior State Department official, in a way that showed "how it would work without limiting the President's options." Vice President Dick Cheney...

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