Iraq in the Balance

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Iraq moved to center stage this week, but not with anyone in Baghdad playing a leading role. The big actors were in American cities: Washington, with congressional hearings and a parade of politicians through the doors of the White House, and New York, at the podiums of the United Nations and in the frenzied corridor, the whisper of diplomacy.

In sum, a week of arm-twisting, resolutions, letters, speeches, threats, and promises. It’s also been a week in which the timing of various votes and meetings seems increasingly important. The administration is pushing Congress and the Security Council with a near-breathless sense of urgency.

This vote before that vote, the plan behind the plan, and an authorization to use “all means”.


Linda Wertheimer, correspondent, National Public Radio

Robin Wright, correspondent, Los Angeles Times.