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  1. chris

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    White House advisors looking for a "way out" of war with Iraq
    By CHB Staff
    Feb 20, 2003, 05:47

    http://www.capitolhillblue.com/artman/publish/article_1796.shtml

    Some strategists within the Bush Administration are urging the
    President to look for an "exit strategy" on Iraq, warning the tough
    stance on war with the Arab country has left the country in a "no
    win" situation.
    "At this point, the United States and Britain does not have the
    support for passage of a second UN resolution," admits a White House
    aide.

    In addition, Republican leaders in both the House and Senate are
    telling the Presidently privately that he is losing support in
    Congress for a "go it alone war" against Iraq.

    "The President's war plans are in trouble, there's no doubt about
    that," says an advisor to House Speaker Dennis J. Hastert. "Some
    Republican members want a vote on military action and some of those
    say they would, at this point, vote against such action."

    Some White House advisors are urging the President to consider
    complying with the UN position or to look for other "face saving"
    ways to avoid war with Iraq.

    President Bush, however, is reported to be "hanging tough" on plans
    to invade Iraq, even though his closest advisors tell him such a
    move could be "disasterous" politically.

    "The President has backed himself and the nation into a corner in a
    no win situation," says political scientist George Harleigh. "World
    opinion is against him. Public opinion polls show support eroding
    among Americans."

    Republican campaign strategist Vern Wilson says he is advising his
    clients to "put some distance between themselves and the President"
    on war with Iraq.

    "When you have former military leaders questioning the wisdom of
    war, then you have Vietnam and Gulf War veterans marching against
    the war, when you have Republicans in Congress questioning the
    President's judgment, it tells me we could have a problem," Wilson
    said Wednesday.

    The escalating loss of support for the U.S. officials has led to an
    increase of defiance by Iraqi officials, who have yet to live up to
    promises of increased support and aid to U.N. inspectors looking for
    the country's suspected weapons of mass destruction.

    Taking heart from the split in the Security Council regarding
    possible military action against the country. and the world-wide
    protests against war, Iraq has changed from saying that its
    officials are complying with U.N. demands to asking for a lifting of
    sanctions instituted against Iraq after it was forced out of Kuwait
    more than 10 years ago.

    "We have not seen any positive moves on the part of Iraq," one U.N.
    official in Iraq told The Washington Post, while another said, "They
    are not fulfilling their promises."

    U.N. inspectors returned to Iraq in November after the Security
    Council unanimously passed Resolution 1441, a strongly worded
    document that promised "serious consequences" should Iraq not live
    up to the stipulations outlined in the document. Those included
    giving U.N. inspectors unrestricted access inside Iraq and orders to
    report any interference by Iraq with the inspections.

    However, since last Friday, when lead weapons inspectors Hans Blix
    and Mohammad ElBaradei reported to the Security Council, the United
    Nations has not seen Iraq carry through on promises to deliver
    documents about old weapons programs nor have there been interviews
    with scientists involved with possible weapons technology.

    Large anti-war demonstrations were staged in several cities around
    the world. The United States and Britain are having trouble finding
    support for anything stronger than additional inspections in Iraq in
    their Security Council deliberations.

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