August 28, 2002


U.S. Keeps War Pressure on Iraq, Says Case Strong (Stuart Grudgings, August 28, 2002, Reuters)
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage said on Wednesday that Washington was confident it could convince skeptical allies to back military action against Iraq, and would be "moving forward" at the right time.

Armitage said in Tokyo he believed the United States had a compelling case to topple Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and could win enough international support, despite signs of growing opposition from friends and rivals alike. "We believe that we will ultimately able to make a compelling case and, in the course of time, will be moving forward," Armitage told a news conference in Tokyo.

"It is our view that an Iraq left unattended is a threat to its neighbors and a threat to ourselves."

Mr. Armitage has been widely portrayed, along with his boss, Colin Powell, as one of the angels on George W. Bush's shoulder, whispering, "Peace"; while Don Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz whisper, "War", in the other ear. Mr. Armitage may well oppose the war, but he sure doesn't sound like someone who has trouble justifying one. Posted by Orrin Judd at August 28, 2002 4:42 PM
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