After failing to obtain authorization for war from the UN Security Council, the Bush
Administration has scrambled to assemble a so-called "Coalition of the Willing" to lend the
military action against Iraq the illusion of genuine multilateralism and legitimacy.
How can Bush achieve success in Iraq?
Neither logic nor legality premit the Iraqi "coalition" to enforce UN Security Council decisions. And yet, they feel a need to do just that.
During the past two years our government has taken us resolutely on a march in the opposite direction.
With or without UN authorization and support, the United States remains adamant that Saddam Hussein and his regime will be removed from power.
This is why free people in the United States and around the world must work even harder to stop President Bush from invading Iraq.
As long as Iraq cooperates with the inspectors and complies with their requirements, it seems wrong-headed to launch a war whose ostensible objective is the same as the inspectors': to disarm Iraq.
Afghanistan and Iraq, wracked by decades of conflict and deprivation, require intensive, long-term, and durable commitments of international support.
Before the American public starts applauding the administration's newfound commitment to assembling an international coalition to attack Iraq, it should put the partners' participation in perspective.
The U.S. public should carefully scrutinize any claim by the Bush Administration that they
have assembled a "coalition of the willing."