Can Weapons Inspections Work in Iraq?

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photoThe message from Baghdad is delivered: come and inspect us.

Already, the news is shaking up the coalition President Bush seemed to have gelling since his speech to the United Nations last Thursday.

Then, Iraq threw a wrench in the war machine. Bring in your inspections teams, without conditions, it said. Inspect away.

Where does this leave the Bush plan for Iraq? Can inspections possibly work, at this late stage? Can the US accept inspections as an alternative to regime change, now? Has Saddam out-foxed a US president, again?

Tonight, On Point: inspections, allies, and the slippery war with Iraq.


Julia Preston, United Nations correspondent for the New York Times

Gary Milhollin, Director of the Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control

Lawrence Korb, Vice president of the Council on Foreign Relations and former assistant Secretary of Defense in the Reagan administration, 1981-1985

Jack Beatty, On Point News Analyst and Senior Editor for the Atlantic Monthly

This program aired on September 17, 2002.


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