Saddam Hussein is playing us for fools. Iraq says it will announce Saturday – as required by a U.N. resolution – whether it has any weapons of mass destruction. Now what do you think Iraq will say?
Hussein will raise his hands in mock sincerity and say, "Who, me? Nope, we don't have anything like that around here."
Then, having not discovered any weapons of mass destruction, Kofi Annan – the weak-kneed Secretary General – will make a declaration of his own: Having found no weapons of mass destruction, there must not be any and so war to topple Saddam Hussein isn’t justified.
Europe will join in the surrender and that will be that.
Except, of course, such a wholesale capitulation won’t deter President Bush from his announced intention of a regime change in Iraq.
And neither will it deter certain politicians, who believe the United Nations is more sovereign than the United States, from verbally attacking our leadership and trashing our plan of defending American citizens and saving tortured, subjugated Iraqis from a cold-blooded dictator.
The president must pursue his objectives if he is to retain credibility. War is a terrible thing, but sometimes not going to war can produce far more horrible results.
I’m Cal Thomas in Washington.