posted March 18, 2003 at 8:18 p.m. MDT
Two modest proposals
After the fighting is done, the American authorities will substantiate its claim for having waged the "pre-emptive" strike; they will be in a position to present the smoking gun, the clear proof that their President has been alluding to for months. As a civil democracy, they can be expected to do no less.
Neither the UK nor US will have special powers in dispensing oil rights; the UN "oil for food" program can be expanded until there is a fully legitimate set of civil institutions empowered, that program taking care of not only health and education but also rehabilitation of those imprisoned by the Hussein regime as well as those orphaned and displaced over the past 14 years. Full intervention on the ground with some form of protectorate is appropriate.