Mixed Signals on Sanctions

As Washington debates the embargo's effect, the bigger question goes unanswered: Will sanctions alone force Saddam's retreat?

The words that filled the House committee chamber were clear and unequivocal. Given time, the sanctions against Iraq could be counted on to halt its industry and hobble its military. That judgment would have been no surprise if it had come from any of the Democrats who used last week's House and Senate hearings to warn the Bush Administration against a hasty resort to force in the Persian Gulf. But the message came from one of the President's own men: William Webster, director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

As the potential for war in the Persian Gulf has heightened, the debate...

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