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I keep thinking how much momentum we would have had had we set the March 17 deadline when Powell made his main presentation to the U.N. Security Council weeks ago. As it looks now March 16 will come. Saddam TV will sent out images of a missile being dismantled, Blix will announce that they are proactively cooperating and this will endlessly continue. Unless we this last phase stuff means something this time. Our legitimacy challenge to the U.N. is starting to lose its meat as we give them second chance after second chance to “make inspections work” and show Saddam we’re serious. This is a familar observation, and getting more tired by the day.



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