I feel a complicated mixture of horror and glee at this.
President George Bush is determined to go to war with Saddam Hussein in the next few weeks, without UN backing if necessary, according to authoritative sources in Washington and London.
The US president is "to turn up the heat" in his state of the union address on Tuesday.
"The pressure comes from President Bush and it is felt all the way down," a European official said. "They're talking about weeks, not months. Months is a banned word now."
Mostly horror. This war will be bad on so many levels. It will also be the nail in Bush's re-election coffin. What worries me is that the more reluctant the American public gets at going to war, the louder the drumbeats get. He must be either so oil-hungry he doesn't care, or just totally in denial. The only good thing to come out of war with Iraq would be that Bush's numbers might get so bad he has to resign. And I would far rather see Bush serve out his term than drop out early because he's blown it to the tune of thousands of lives.