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In the Iraq debate, that’s a word that’s chiefly been used by critics of the Bush administration’s policy and rhetoric. But again and again this morning I found myself thinking that Hans Blix’s statement was full of bluster. Because he has the low-key delivery of a bureaucrat, people might miss this aspect of his report to the UN. He kept saying that Iraq would face “serious” consequences if it did not cooperate more actively. Like what? If the Iraqi regime doesn’t shape up, what’s Blix going to do to it? Extend the inspections another two months?


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