No real surprise. The decision was clearly made last summer. And it’s not hard to figure out the motives and operations of Bush & Co.
But why on earth is Saddam Hussein making it so easy for them?
The smart move from his viewpoint would have been to comply with the inspections process; stuff is always replaceable. The one thing he needed to avoid at all costs was creating a consensus that he needs to be taken out. But that’s precisely what he’s done.
A friend of mine had what I think is the right diagnosis: “Wily, but not smart.” And that puts a serious dent in the argument that SH is rational enough to be deterrable.