George W. and Tony B. have been at Camp David flirting with the prospect
of war like a former girfriend who's electoral temptations were once
irresistable. They are still a little coy about consumating this interest, but
can they resist the temptation? No.
Tony (Polite War Dog) Blair was playing the dove for a while, and it looked
like he was going to buckle. But nothing is ever what it appears with the English, and he is an
experienced politician. What better way
to convince a skeptical English public of the rightness of the coming Iraqi war
than to speak against it, and then to suddenly say 'I have now seen the
proof. We must fight!'?
Meanwhile Alexander (things-that-batter) Downer has described the UN's
approach to Iraq as "meaningless, weak and completely ineffectual". He almost
sounds English himself with his capacity to understate the very obvious!
Still, the Alexander Downers of the world will continue their talk of UN arms
inspectors and try to define 'compliance' and 'honesty' as if it they had
any meaning to Saddam Hussein.
And George (tin-man) W. will make the call. How do we know? Because of two
words: "regime change". George hasn't been making any 'last chance for
cooperation' noises. He has just been talking about 'regime change', and saying
he hasn't made up his mind if or when. The if appears increasingly
certain. The only question is when.
Everyone now is just waiting for Little Bush to utter the new American war cry:
Saddam has been rubbing the US military the wrong way for too long, and the
war machine needs oil. The UN has not been adequately lubricating the
US-Iraqi relationship and Saddam's credibility has run dry.
Back to the old girlfriend it is then.