Americans, we are told, support an attack on Iraq. A Newsweek poll says 62% favor military action, a Los Angeles Times poll says 59%, while Time says 51%.

But maybe the disparities highlight hesitations on the part of the public because military action would probably mean thousands of civilian deaths, a greater risk of isolated terrorist retaliations, as well as some military personel casualties on our side as well. And for what? The Bush Administration’s record in capturing “evil-doers” is not stellar. Osama Bin Laden and his chief lieutenant are still at large, so even with strikes, what are the guarantees they’ll get the tyrant?

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