Iraqi officials claim — logically, some might say — that such a move would be like letting the U.N. root around at the White House. Nonsense, replies Washington, Saddam is stalling. As before, the truth depends on whether you believe that Saddam's decision to allow the inspectors to return was, in the words of Defense Secretary William Cohen, "a change of heart or a change of tactics."
With Cohen and his boss believing the latter, any hope of an early end to sanctions — as per last week's Russian-brokered deal — disappears faster than you can say "veto." And Saddam is not likely to take such a setback lying down.