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There’s a method to his somber somnolence. Maybe this was a press conference for foreign consumption — signaling to the French, Chinese, Russians et al that he’s made his mind up about this. That’s still the best way to get the Security Council Gang Who Couldn’t Vote Straight to go along. He certainly seemed resigned to the idea that he’s going to go ahead and do this. One of the main messages here, after all, was: Saddam’s a threat to the US and therefor the UN can suck eggs if it’s not going to get our back.

And…it’s the best way to put the fear of God in Saddam Hussein and his generals.



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