Deadline: Jan. 15

There was a stroke! Or two, to be precise. With a war resolution in hand, George Bush last week took steps to begin a high-level dialogue with Saddam Hussein. Less than 18 hours after the Security Council authorized the use of force against Iraq if Saddam fails to comply with the U.N.'s call for an unconditional withdrawal from Kuwait by Jan. 15 -- a triumph for U.S. diplomacy -- Bush made a surprise announcement. Iraq's Foreign Minister would be welcome at the White House during the week of Dec. 10, and Secretary of State James Baker could meet with Saddam in...

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