Nationally Syndicated Columnist for the Washington Post
Pro to the question "Should the US Have Attacked Iraq?"
"Germany, which has declared its opposition to war under any circumstances, assumes the presidency of the Security Council in February. France has just threatened to veto any resolution authorizing the use of force. The Security Council break with America is now open. Colin Powell, architect of the administration's U.N. strategy, is described as 'caught off guard' by this utterly predictable turn of events. As a result, the president now faces the moment of truth.
The one advantage of Resolution 1441 was that it gave us a window of legitimacy during which to mobilize, position equipment, launch carriers, line up bases -- in short, create the infrastructure for disarming Saddam. However, now that the 'world community' has shown that it never seriously intended to disarm Iraq, we are back on our own. This is the moment. There is no turning back."
"It's Time to Act," Washington Post, Jan. 23, 2003