When Will Saddam Get the Bomb?

Not nearly so soon as the Bush Administration claims

Of all the rationales George Bush has offered for going to war with Iraq, only one has proved persuasive to a majority of Americans. That is the need to prevent an unpredictable and power-mad Saddam Hussein from obtaining nuclear weapons.

The Bush Administration has been harping on that threat since Nov. 20, when a New York Times poll found that 54% of those questioned agreed that stopping Saddam from joining the nuclear club was a valid reason for offensive military action. Protecting U.S. oil supplies, by contrast, was judged a sufficient cause for resorting to force by only 31%. The President...

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