October 01, 2002
Dumb Question #2

Is Bush going along with the campaign to restart U.N. inspections of Iraqi weapons sites just long enough to get a list of excluded sites? Saddam Hussein insists that we cannot inspect any of his numerous palaces, and he seems to want to define 'palace' to include any place he doesn't want us to inspect. Any place Hussein is absolutely determined not to allow us to see sounds like an excellent candidate for bombing on the first day of the all-out campaign. I trust our negotiators are asking for the precise locations of all the 'palaces' on the exclusion list so they can make a check-off list.

Posted by Dr. Weevil at October 01, 2002 04:58 PM

I'd certainly take that list of excluded sites as a target list. If we really do want to get EFFECTIVE inspections going, might I suggest that we encourage Saddam by launching cruise missiles at about 10 of those sites a day until he agrees that we can inspect anything, anywhere, anytime. And then enforce that agreement by blowing up the suspected site(s) anytime access is blocked or even delayed.

Posted by: markm on October 1, 2002 09:15 PM

Most of those sites are good targets because they're also centers of his internal security forces. They don't just guard the WMD programs; they help keep him in power.

Posted by: Robert Crawford on October 2, 2002 11:07 AM


Posted by: chuck on October 2, 2002 05:53 PM