…is at work in the current issue of Newsweek, which profiles Powell (for the tenth time? fifteenth?) on the eve of war. Most of it is predictable, but I found two points interesting.
First, the article makes a point of suggesting that both the Administration’s hawks and the Administration’s doves favored the U.N. detour: “Both sides agreed that going to the United Nations could be helpful. The hawks saw the new policy as providing political cover for war, humoring the international community while remaining hostile to the return of the weapons inspectors. Powell saw the U.N. process, backed by a substantial military buildup, as a strategy to actually avert war
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