Can This War Be Avoided?

Many push for alternatives. But those who know Bush say, Don't bet on it

The more the U.S. readies itself for war, the more jittery people are asking whether the juggernaut can be stopped. For months, President Bush has performed a dizzying two-step, insisting that he has not decided to invade Iraq, even as the U.S. pours forces into the Persian Gulf to convince Saddam Hussein that he will. Surely and steadily, U.S. strategists have moved forward with their plans to put 100,000 soldiers into the region by Feb. 1. By Jan. 27, the day set for the U.N.'s weapons inspectors to report their first formal findings to the Security Council, they hope a record...

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