I have a hard time with this. We are enforcing a no fly zone on a reneging dictator who still dares to radar lock on -and fire upon - US and British warplanes and we don't have plans for a real assault? Even I don't think Clinton was THAT bad
"WASHINGTON - U.S. fighter jets fired missiles and laser-guided bombs on a defense site in southern Iraq early today after it fired six to eight missiles at a British aircraft, the Pentagon said.
U.S. warplanes exchanged missile fire with Iraqi air defenses Monday when the planes were fired upon by Iraqi surface-to-air missiles in the northern no-fly zone.
On Monday an Iraqi air-defense installation fired at least three surface-to-air missiles at U.S. planes in the northern zone, and yesterday, Iraqi Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan said Iraqi planes were flying in the restricted zones.
This challenge of the no-fly zones appears to be part of a broader Iraqi effort to challenge all international restrictions.
This is an interesting read:
"If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program."
-William J. Clinton