The Politics of War with Iraq

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After asking for sweeping authority in a resolution that would give him, -all means that he determines to be appropriate,- President Bush declared that he and the Congress will soon -speak with one voice- about using force to overthrow Saddam Hussein. However, Democrats are divided among themselves, and accusing the President of using the prospect of war to advance Republican interests. Is the President playing politics with the war? Will Congress grant Bush-s request before the November elections? We get a taste of the debate in Congress, and hear how voters feel about the possibility of war and the prospects of America acting alone, from Republican David Dreier, Democrat Howard Berman, a nationwide pollster, and members of the press.
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US State Department, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs

Resolution expressing support for the President using all means at his disposal on Iraq (H Con Res 286)

Gallup Poll on US acting alone on Iraq

Office of Homeland Security

National Weather Service advisory on Tropical Storm Isidore



Warren Olney