2002 October 22 Tuesday
France, Russia Reject US UNSC Draft Resolution

France and Russia object to the wording of the latest US draft of a resolution for the UN Security Council on Iraq. Sounds like George W. Bush is ready to move against Iraq without UN support:

"If the United Nations can't make its mind up, if Saddam Hussein won't disarm, we will lead a coalition to disarm him for the sake of peace," President George Bush repeated during a mid-term election campaign stop. His spokesman, Ari Fleischer, was more explicit: "It's coming down to the end ... the United Nations does not have forever."

Is it better for the US for there to be a formal vote and rejection of the US text before the US attacks Iraq? Or is it better to just drop the effort to get UN support now and move on?

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2002 October 22 02:15 PM  UN, International Institutions

Bob said at October 22, 2002 5:31 PM:

Either way, the UN is irrelevant.

I would opt for just going ahead without them. If they vote against action and the US takes action, the pinkos will start whining that the US violates the UN as well as acts unilaterally.

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