President Bush intends to make his case for the invasion of Iraq at the United Nations a day after the anniversary of September 11.
I have a very good feeling about this.
I have the feeling that President Bush is going to engage in a battle of wills with the Eurocrats, and my money is on Bush.
It looks as though President Bush is going to do what he did after September 11. He’s going to make the case publically for everyone to hear, and he’s going to ask for an action. Just as we knew that the Taliban would never turn over bin Laden, Bush knows that Iraq will never allow any effective weapons inspection without attaching a string of unreasonable demands to them.
Moreover, Bush is going to put pressure not only Saddam, but also on the Europeans. He’s going to go in and state his case as the Europeans wanted. As with Saddam, he more than likely expects everyone except the British to say no. He’s also going to remind the rest of Europe that if they don’t want to play along, we’ll go it alone. (Or more likely we’ll go in with the British in a supporting role.)
The brilliance of all this is that it cuts through all the smoke and confusion of the past few months. What we need now is a straight and clear case for what we must do in Iraq. It needs to have the kind of clarity and strength of will that we had one year ago. If Bush pulls this off right, expect support for action against Iraq to jump overnight, and possibly take Bush’s poll numbers up with them.