The Selling of the President's War

Bush should take Israel and oil out of the Iraq equation

To put it mildly, the Bush administration just had a great week. In addition to the President's triumph in the mid-term elections, two months of patient American diplomacy at the United Nations eventually produced a draft resolution on Iraq which won the unanimous endorsement of the Security Council. The way is now open for U.N. inspectors to return to Iraq to secure its compliance with past resolutions; if Baghdad stiffs the U.N. again, "serious consequences" are promised, and everyone knows what the Bush team understands those two words to mean.

Yet no matter how hard the Administration tries to convince people...

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