"It's war within weeks"
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Fri Jan 24 07:09:41 MST 2003
The message from the Bush camp: 'It's war within weeks'
Julian Borger in Washington, Ewen MacAskill and Simon Tisdall
Friday January 24, 2003
President George Bush is determined to go to war with Saddam Hussein in
the next few weeks, without UN backing if necessary, according to
authoritative sources in Washington and London.
The US president is "to turn up the heat" in his state of the union
address on Tuesday.
"The pressure comes from President Bush and it is felt all the way
down," a European official said. "They're talking about weeks, not
months. Months is a banned word now."
Mr Bush wanted the US secretary of state, Colin Powell, to force the
issue of military action by presenting evidence of Saddam Hussein's
violations of UN resolutions immediately after weapons inspectors give
their report to the UN on Monday. In Washington circles such an event is
being referred to as the Adlai Stevenson moment.
The "Adlai Stevenson moment" has become Washington shorthand for the US
presentation of its intelligence case. Stevenson was the US ambassador
to the UN at the time of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, who dramatically
confronted the Soviet envoy with vivid aerial photographs of nuclear
missiles being unloaded in Cuba.
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