Monday, January 27, 2003

Bush backs off UN to give troops more time
"The Bush Administration will agree to continued United Nations weapons inspections in Iraq for at least several weeks, United States and diplomatic sources said yesterday. Requests from Britain, the need to build more public and political support in the US and overseas, and military forces up to a month away from full deployment had led to the decision, the sources said."

This hardly seems like news as the US were not to be ready to attack before about mid February anyway. It could come down to a matter of timing, how long the Security Council wants the Inspections to continue; and how long the US can tolerate their presence before either launching the war or being forced to call it off.

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