Pentagon says chemical weapons will be used
CNN is reporting that the Pentagon is detecting preparations on the part of Iraq to use chemical weapons against U.S. troops. The DoD says it doesn’t know where the CW are, but that it will destroy them if it can find them.
Also, the United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan instructed the its 135 or so inspectors to bug out from Iraq. CNN is reporting the U.N. can get them out in about two hours. Rumors swirl of a Bush announcement tonight. War tomorrow or Wednesday?
*UPDATE 10:09 AM EST:* Sir Jeremy Greenstock, British Ambassador to the United Nations, that the resolution will be pulled and “we will not pursue a vote.”. The diplomatic process is over. Greenstock criticized France specifically, but didn’t mention it by name. The U.S. and U.K. will pursue their own methods of disarmamemt.
U.S. ambassador to the U.N., John Negroponte, called Iraq in “material breach” of 1441.