Can the US Afford to 'Go It Alone' in Iraq?

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President Bush has made clear the US will invade Iraq with or without support from the UN Security Council. Even if a Council majority votes for a new resolution, it-s likely that France will veto. With a bitter challenge from within his own party, it-s possible that Tony Blair won-t be able to make Great Britain part of the -coalition of the willing,- though Defense Secretary Rumsfeld says that there are -work-around-s- for that contingency. We consider the diplomatic and military consequences of unilateral action, and whether US defiance of a -No- vote in the Security Council would violate international law, with experts from Tufts University and Johns Hopkins University, the editor of Jane-s World Armies and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the first Gulf War.
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