Iraq: The Snare of Inspections
EVERY TIME war clouds gather over Baghdad, Saddam Hussein has a habit of hinting that he may allow UN arms inspectors to return. Similarly, every time war clouds gather over Baghdad, voices in the United States and elsewhere, including some in or near the Bush administration, can be heard urging a new and improved system of inspections.
Today, some of those voices belong to critics of ad- ministration policy who are opposed to war with Iraq. Others favor war but think a provocation, or “triggering event,” is lacking, and they see inspec- tions (which they fully expect to fail) as providing the necessary trigger.
About the Author
Gary Milhollin is the director, and Valerie Lincy is a research associate, at the Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control in Washington D.C.