Eagleburger: Bush's reputation tied to Iraq war
On NPR's Saturday edition (1/11/03), in a segment entitled "What comes after War with Iraq, " host Scott Simon interviewed Lawrence Eagleburger who served in the first Bush administration. Simon introduced the segment by saying that Eagleburger opposed the war against Iraq last summer because he worried that the U.S. was acting alone and was placing too much emphasis on Iraq's perceived nuclear weapons. Eagleburger says that he now supports the war because he is satisfied that the U.S. is part of a multilateral effort to disarm Saddam Hussein.
Eagleburger said that even if the inspectors don't find any evidence of weapons of mass destruction, the Bush administration's reputation is tied to going ahead with an invasion.
"Given the amount of attention this administration has given to the issue, I do not see how this president can possibly back away from doing something. His reputation will be badly damaged in the last two years of his administration. As a result, I don't see that he has any choice but to proceed."
What if the inspectors find nothing, asked Mr. Simon. .
War is going to have to proceed anyway, said Eagleburger.