Further Update: Sure enough, Jimmy

Further Update: Sure enough, Jimmy Carter’s first act upon being awarded the Peace Prize was to announce on CNN that he would have voted against the Iraq resolution. He said he agreed that the United States has an obligation to ensure that Saddam does not possess weapons of mass destruction, but that “it should all be done through the United Nations and not unilaterally by the United States.” So the U.S. has the “obligation,” but can only carry out its obligation with the permission of France, Russia and China? President Bush has repeatedly made it clear that his preference is to proceed under the U.N. umbrella. The question is, what happens if France, Russia or China, for whatever reasons of perceived self-interest, makes that impossible? As usual, Carter has nothing beyond platitudes to contribute to the debate.


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