The BBC reports that in press conference earlier today, Tony Blair said he is “quite sure” that Iraq possesses weapons of mass destruction, and that Saddam Hussein will be disarmed, with or without a new United Nations resolution. The BBC interprets this as a hardening in Blair’s line, and in a separate commentary, the BBC says that Blair’s statements “almost certainly mean war.”
Blair also “outlined his confidence in the weapons inspections team and said things would be clearer when the inspectors reported on 27 January.” Well, I hope so. But the same BBC report says that Richard Perle, head of the Defense Department Policy Board, “told BBC News that United Nations inspectors currently scouring Iraq had no chance of finding weapons because they had been hidden.” That sounds more likely to me.
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