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In a speech two years ago at the United Nations General Assembly, George Bush tried to win the support of other nations for an invasion of Iraq.

Since that time there have been gestures of reconciliation on both sides, but last week, the U.N. secretary general declared the war in Iraq “illegal.”

The future of Iraq remains a critical issue to both Kofi Annan and George W. Bush. The Iraqi elections are supposed to take place in four months, and U.N. election workers will need protection to make that happen.


Max Boot, Senior Fellow at the Council for Foreign Relations

John Ruggie, Professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and former assistant to the Secretary General of the United Nations