Playing the Iran Card

Without Iran, Clinton Still Holds a Bad Hand

No one should underestimate Saddam again. Iran doesn't. Last week Iraq's new foreign minister, Mohammad Saeed al-Sahaf, traveled to Tehran. Afterward, Iran's foreign minister, Kamal Kharrazi, made an ambivalent statement that mirrors Clinton's dilemma. He told Clinton not to bomb at the same time he told Saddam to let U.S. inspectors finish verifying the destruction of his chemical and biological weapons. Iran knows Saddam would use them if he could. He already has against Kurds as well as Iran. Even though everybody wants to, no one has figured out a viable way to ensure that Iraq never uses them again. Iran could be the card Clinton needs.

Research: Dan Levine

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