6 Reasons Why So Many Allies Want Bush To Slow Down

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NOT SO FAST: Schröder, left, and Chirac say Bush is rushing toward war

For the Bush administration's theologians, the rationale, timing and necessity for going to war against Iraq have been self-evident for so long that the only reason no shots have been fired by now is mainly mechanical: not enough forces in place yet. That's why the President sounded so exasperated last week when he called the rising volume of objections from abroad, even as he was jockeying his troops into ready position, the "rerun of a bad movie." Surely, he snapped, "our friends have learned lessons from the past."

Yet for a growing chorus of other folks, not least...

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