All for One . . For Now

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Gunships from France, the Netherlands and Britain could become part of a NATO contribution to a U.S. strike

The squeamish had reason to worry. They saw a superpower humbled, its enraged people baying for revenge, a nervous President declaring war before identifying the enemy. In public the Bush Administration presented the nations of the world with a choice, you're either with us or you're against us, even though everyone knew only one answer was acceptable. U.S. leaders counseled patience, but the Texan excesses of George W. Bush's syntax — those odes to Wild West wanted posters, that unfortunate talk of a "crusade" against evil — did little to inspire confidence in a measured U.S. response. Words of sympathy flowed...

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