Token Iraq post
I guess if I'm going to say anything about Iraq I should before the war is behind us. I have a feeling that is going to be a very small window, so it's now or never.
Saddam is not in a good place. He has few choices. The best thing he could do is to leave Iraq. Saving Iraq from a forceful invasion would be the right thing to do, but when has he ever taken that path? No, he will stubbornly fight, to the extent it is possible to do so. The worst thing he could do is to use any chemical or biological weapons. Doing so would only reverse any divisions that exist within the United Nations.
Bush's gamble is that our intelligence is right. That Saddam does possess the Weapons of Mass Destruction that the inspectors have been diligently searching for. If they do exist, it will provide vindication for the invasion. A joke by Bill Hicks from the Gulf War: "So how does the U.S. know Iraq has incredible weapons of mass destruction? We looked at the receipt."
The U.S. and others (a who's-who of the U.N. security council -- Britain, France, U.S.S.R./Russia, etc.) are responsible for Iraq's arsenal. The reasons for that are beyond my comprehension. The hypocrisy is staggering if you think about it. But it seems that we're now taking the opportunity to clean up our mess. But if we go in and find that the biological and chemical agents aren't there, then they've been sold or exported to other parties and/or governments. That's a nightmare scenario I'd rather not think about.
Now that war is imminent, let's hope this is all over soon.