Wasn't the cease-fire agreement between the UN and Iraq? How is it that the US got to decide it was time to terminate the cease-fire? I do suppose based on your argument, that if the UN did terminate the cease-fire, that previous provisions to use "any means necessary" return to being in effect.Originally posted by: CADkindaGUY
The basic reason I believe that is does is because the cease-fire was a stoppage of the war using conditions - conditions Saddam accepted but didn't follow. Therefore - the war is "un-ceased" and the rules of engagement used previously are back in play unless specifically overruled(which they were not).
To each his own opinion though.
But the UN did not terminate the cease-fire, so where does that leave us? Back to no legal basis in the resolutions.
Just for reference, CAD is right in that this was part of the President's stated justfication
Text of Bush's proposed congressional resolution