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  • I'm not endorsing Presidential policy toward Iraq or India/Pakistan (hey -- IPak!) at this point, but I think the reason is this: India/Pakistan have their weapons pointed at each other. Iraq would likely point their weapons at the U.S. The traditional vague opinion of the U.S. public on this is "We don't fight other people's wars; we're not the world's peacekeeping force; we defend ourselves heavily, etc., etc." Hopefully that's both a useful and correct assessment.

    Of course, we are apparently having all kinds of talks to make sure that I & Pak's nuclear capabilities don't ever amount to anything, that is, are never used. It's just that in the case of Hussein, we find he's much more likely to be firing off weapons AT US. I think that's the only rational justification for interfering with another country, anyway. (Ordinarily inspecting a nation's weapons and making it virtually illegal for them to develop what they please would be anathema to my sense of national sovereignty. But letting Saddam Hussein have nukes is also anathema to my sense of American safety. Conflict, dilemma, no simple, clear-cut resolutions.)

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    • India/Pakistan have their weapons pointed at each other. Iraq would likely point their weapons at the U.S.

      Pakistan is one quick coup away from pointing missiles at anyone and everyone. The place is seriously like Iran just before the Loonie Moslem Revolution -- even down to having a uniformed autocratic dictator shakily propped up by the US, but rabidly opposed by seething religious madmen in his populace.

    • I'd be impressed if the Iraqis have also managed to develop ICBM technology to go with their nukes. If Iraq does succeed in developing nuclear technology you can bet that they'll be more interested in chucking them at Israel.

      Ooh, Israel, another country that has, in the past, attempted to develop a nuclear capability.
    • The traditional vague opinion of the U.S. public on this is "We don't fight other people's wars; we're not the world's peacekeeping force; we defend ourselves heavily, etc., etc." Hopefully that's both a useful and correct assessment.

      The problem is that just about any sort of war can be justified to the US public as a matter of "defense".