As the smoke clears after the recent air strikes on Iraq by the U.S. and U.K., it is difficult to see what will happen next.
Reliable information is difficult to come by: both the U.S. and U.K. governments are not renowned as straight-talkers, while verifiable news from Iraq is at best rare.
The U.S. and U.K. damaged their credibility as United Nations Security Council members by the attacks: only Washington and Westminster appear convinced the attacks were not politically expedient.
U.S. Undersecretary of State Thomas Pickering told reporters on Dec. 22 that Iraq must credibly demonstrate its readiness to cooperate with U.N. weapons inspe...