I sincerely hope that Bush will do exactly what Charles Krauthammer suggests: Call France's Bluff:
No more dithering. Put the question to France. We are going to present our resolution to the Security Council. Will you veto it?
This would not be an easy choice for France. It certainly understands that if it vetoes the resolution, and if the United States goes ahead regardless (as it certainly will), and if the war is a success, this will mean the end of the Security Council as a serious institution.
The General Assembly, where every country has equal weight, is already an absurdity. No one takes anything that happens there seriously. But people still ascribe some importance to the Security Council, despite the fact that it is a relic of World War II. If, however, on the major issue of the day -- war and peace in the Persian Gulf -- France tests the authority of the council by casting a veto that is summarily brushed aside, then the emperor's clothes will be gone. The United Nations' irrelevance will have been irrefutably demonstrated.
I also hope that France will ultimately exercise its veto over whatever resolution the US puts forward.
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