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(LZ410)--Note that with its strict parameters, Chilcot fails to place the status quo into context, such as the United States presidential election of 1996. On September 3, 1996, President Clinton ordered airstrikes against the Hussein regime for its occupation of the Kurdish city of Irbil, with prospects for other encroachments.
The action was unilateral, the coalition backed away from the operation--ROME NEWS TRIBUNE--
state during the Persian Guff war. "We're going to have to do other things, and are we going to have the coalition with us?" When Saddam probes, he tests not only U.S. resolve, but the endurance of the coalition of nations that defeated him in 1991. That broad international coalition formed after Iraq occupied Kuwait is showing signs of wear. Although they fought alongside the United States to force Iraq out of Kuwait, Egypt and Syria criticized Tuesday's U.S. missile strike on military facilities in southern Iraq. France, a U.S. partner with Britain in the coalition that enforces the "no-fly" zones for Saddam's air force over north-ern and Southern Iraq, reflised,to back the U.S. action. Nor did Russia. "I think it's very clear to us here in Washington this morning that the inter-national coalition against Saddam Hussein is intact," insisted Nicholas Burns, State Department spokesman. He suggested that some of the critics were
privately pleased by the strike. That theory could be tested com-ing days and weeks. Secretary of State Warren Christopher leaves today on a previously scheduled trip to Europe that includes stops in Britain, France and Germany. Iraq is certain to be discussed. Despite the bombing, no one expects Saddam to give in to demands that he stop threatening his neighbors and per-secuting Iraqi Kurds. In a speech from the Oval Office, Clinton said Saddam's army remained in the Kurdish city of Irbil, despite claims it was withdrawing. Defense Secretary William Perry said Iraqi forces were moving toward two other Kurdish towns. Saddam also declared his forces would no longer observe the coalition-imposed no-fly zones. If Iraqi forces don't halt their aggres-sion against the Kurds and if his antiair-craft batteries fire on planes enforcing the no-fly zones, what's the response
There is no mention of this attack in the Chilcot Report--
The biased report against Blair and Bush has made it convenient to leave out extenuating circumstances to enhance its own conclusions, no different than the so-called altered dossiers that led to UK involvement in the Iraq War. As for opinion in the United States, Bob Dole, Clinton's opponent for POTUS, led the critics in calling the President a weak leader in foreign policy: However, polls showed otherwise:
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Americans support, missile attack: poll
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans overwhelmingly support President Clinton's decision to launch a mis-sile attack on Iraq, though they doubt it will stop Saddam Hussein from continuing to violate the terms of the Gulf War cease fire, according to a new poll. While the White House said political considera-. tions played no part in its decision to punish Saddam for moving troops into northern Iraq, the poll indicat-ed the move could help the president. Nearly eight in 10 Americans approved of the U.S. missile attack on Iraq early Tuesday morning, accord-ing to the ABC News poll. And 73 percent said they approved of the way Clinton is handling the situation. And should there be another warwith Iraq, 56 per-cent would choose Clinton over Bob Dole to handle it. Thirty-three percent would trust Dole, the Republican nominee. The telephone poll of 515 adults was conducted Tuesday evening, before word of a second missile strike was announced. More than half of Americans said the response was "about right," though 29 percent deemed it "too weak" Similarly, 54 percent said the Clinton adminis-tration policy on Iraq has been about right, with 39 percent saying it has been too weak But three-quarters of those surveyed said the mis-sile attack will not stop Iraq from violating the terms of the Gulf War cease fire. Just 21 percent said it would stop Saddam.
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