Essay: The Case Against Going to War

It is hard to remember a time when such influential American opinion molders were so frantically demanding that the U.S. go to war, and the sooner the better. "The ultimate goal now," writes A.M. Rosenthal, columnist and former executive editor of the New York Times, "has to be the elimination of the incurably murderous Baghdad dictatorship by Western . . . economic and military reprisals." His fellow columnist at the Times, William Safire, even offers a game plan: "Our declared-war strategy should be to (1) suppress Iraqi air defenses; (2) take out war production at the 26 key targets; (3) launch...

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