November 14, 1997
SADDAM HUSSEIN keeps his eye on the prize, looks for opportunities, forgets nothing and maintains endless patience. The United States, and the United Nations, should do no less.He apparently wants to maintain Iraq's core ability to produce disease and nerve gas and missiles capable of transporting them hundreds or thousands of miles. The U.N. Special Commission (UNSCOM) charged with dismantling such capabilities suspects so and is unable to recommend an end to (( its mission.Saddam's objective also includes isolating the U.S. from allies and from moderate Islamic states and driving wedges between them.
November 17, 1998
THE BUILDUP of forces to bomb Iraq had the desired effect at the last minute on dictator Saddam Hussein. He agreed to comply with United Nations' monitoring for weapons of mass destruction, on which he had reneged.The good-cop, bad-cop routine of President Clinton, threatening destruction, and U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, seeking reconciliation, worked. Neither had a chance without the other.The outcome restores the U.N. Special Commission (UNSCOM) and its relentless leader, Richard Butler of Australia.
December 18, 1998
The 7-year-old United Nations program to ferret out and destroy Iraqi arms may well be finished off by the current round of airstrikes, leaving the United States even less able to prevent Saddam Hussein from threatening his neighbors and the world, according to experts in the field.The program was praised yesterday by former U.N. inspectors and other experts as a unique experiment in arms control that will leave a trove of invaluable intelligence on Iraq and an important technological legacy.
April 4, 1999
"Endgame: Solving the Iraq Problem Once and For All," by Scott Ritter. Simon & Schuster. 240 pages. $22.Eight years after it began, an ambitious United Nations scheme to eliminate Saddam Hussein's most dangerous weapons lies in shambles, its inspectors barred by Baghdad and its political support eroded by disclosure of a too-cozy relationship with U.S. intelligence and military planners.Scott Ritter's "Endgame" offers the first insider's account of this failure. It's a sobering story of how a clever, brutal Iraqi regime rebounded from defeat in war to outwit and outflank a U.N. agency, even one supported by a superpower.
November 30, 1997
THE UNITED STATES and its coalition partners must keep the pressure on Iraq to open up fully to United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM) weapons inspectors. This includes the 63 installations that Iraq claims to be out of bounds to inspection as "presidential sites."The Iraqis' claim is nonsense. This crisis exists because Iraq has stonewalled and played cat-and-mouse and retained biological and chemical weapons of mass death and missiles to carry them -- if not its nuclear weapons program -- in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions ending the 1991 gulf war.There can be no compromise on weapons inspection.
December 22, 1995
WASHINGTON -- Defying nearly five years of intense world pressure, Iraq has preserved a weapons arsenal powerful enough to wreak mass destruction in the Middle East and is trying to improve it, according to U.S. and United Nations officials.U.S. officials believe that Iraq is hiding warheads containing chemical and biological agents, as well as dozens of Scud missiles capable of reaching Persian Gulf adversaries and Israel. Iraq has 7,000 skilled technicians ready to resume development of nuclear weapons once international pressure eases, the officials say.Iraq has managed to hang on to that arsenal in the face of nearly five years of economic sanctions imposed by the United Nations and the most intrusive arms inspections ever conducted.