August 3, 2002

BIDEN U :

5 Lessons of Biden's Iraq Hearings : Attack poses grave risks, but `containment' does, too (Tom Curry, 8/02/02, MSNBC)
In holding hearings this week on Iraq, Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Joe Biden set out to give the American people a cram course on the threat posed by Saddam Hussein--and he succeeded. If President Bush launches a military campaign to topple Saddam and destroy his arsenal, Biden wants Americans to understand the risks and rewards of an attack. Here are key lessons from Biden's hearings, based on the testimony of think tank analysts, former diplomats and ex-military officers. [...]

1. ANY POLICY HAS GRAVE RISKS [...]
2. BUSH MUST DECIDE IN A FOG OF UNCERTAINTY
3. SMALLPOX, ANTHRAX AND NERVE GAS ARE AS WORRISOME AS NUKES
4. INSPECTIONS WOULD NEED TO STRIKE PERFECT BALANCE
5. AMERICANS MUST BE READY FOR A 10-YEAR COMMITMENT


Wow, those range from the obvious to the dubious.
Posted by Orrin Judd at August 3, 2002 5:36 AM
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