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Item: On July 10th, the Senate "voted unanimously ... to encourage President Bush to reach out to NATO and the United Nations for help in peacekeeping and rebuilding in Iraq," reported a Reuters dispatch.

Item: "With the costs of stabilizing Iraq hovering at $4 billion a month and with American troops being killed at a steady rate, [Bush] administration officials acknowledge that they ... may seek a United Nations resolution for help that would placate other nations, like India, France and Germany," reported the July 19th New York Times. "President Bush's meeting with Kofi Annan, the United Nations secretary general, was part of a flurry of consultations in recent days between administration and United Nations officials. Condoleezza Rice, the national security adviser, reached out to diplomats on the Security Council, and Secretary of State Colin L. Powell emerged from a meeting with the German foreign minister, Joschka Fischer, saying he was discussing ways to expand international support for the Iraq occupation, including seeking a new United Nations resolution."

The likely division of responsibilities in Iraq, reported the July 18th Christian Science Monitor, "would mean giving the United Nations a greater role in directing Iraq's political future while relying more on NATO [a regional UN affiliate] for military assistance...." In any case, the deepening morass in Iraq is perceived as a product of reckless American unilateralism, even though the Bush administration repeatedly and explicitly invoked UN Security Council resolutions, and expressed its desire to enhance the world body's power and prestige. Going back for a new Security Council resolution would exalt the UN even more.

While this turn of events has bewildered many of President Bush's conservative Republican defenders, it didn't catch everyone by surprise. The occupation of Iraq, warned the June 30th issue of THE NEW AMERICAN (see page 44), would result in "a steady and worsening hemorrhage of national power, wealth, and prestige.... Ultimately, those costs will prove too much for our nation to bear alone. In such fashion does swaggering imperialism set the stage for compelled interdependence.... It's reasonable to imagine a not-too-distant time when American servicemen and their families, weary of the burden of empire, would eagerly embrace transferring that burden to the UN."
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Title Annotation:rebuilding Iraq; Insider Report
Publication:The New American
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Date:Aug 11, 2003
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