Probably the most significant remark Bush made was that the United States needs nobody’s permission to deal with the Iraqi threat. The runner up was his remark that he will seek a U.N. vote whether or not the “whip check” indicates that we’ll win. He’s not letting other governments off the hook. I imagine there are people in the administration who think it would be more diplomatic not to press for a vote if we’ll lose. But Bush wants governments to show their cards, as he said.