Armed with this knowledge, President Clinton stepped up his attack on Iraq’s refusal to grant inspectors access to 68 palaces, presidential compounds and VIP residences. "Some of them actually encompass more land than Washington, D.C., does," Clinton said at the Asia-Pacific summit in Vancouver.
Still, nobody is pushing for a confrontation yet. "Let's take this one step at a time," said National Security Adviser Sandy Berger, adding that the inspectors should be allowed to decide their own timetable. With the three-week standoff still fresh in everyone's memory and the Russian-brokered deal that ended it still tenuous, the U.S. isn't about to strong-arm its way into these palaces — even if they do constitute a suspiciously large amount of Iraqi real estate.