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U.S. has little patience

WASHINGTON Nov. 10. Senior Bush administration officials have warned Iraq that the United States has little to no patience this time over any "games'' with weapons inspections. "We do not need to waste the world's time with another game of cat and mouse,'' the President's National Security Advisor, Condoleezza Rice, said here today.

The officials have been stressing over the last two days that the latest U.N. resolution would "test'' the intentions of Iraq; and that the U.S. had the right to militarily go after Iraq if weapons inspections failed or if Baghdad started to question the provisions of Resolution 1441. "We have to have a zero tolerance view of the Iraqi regime this time. This is a regime with a very long history now of deception and deceit,'' Dr. Rice said in an interview this morning.

In the meantime, the Government is proceeding with its military plans just in case the situation arises of a military showdown with Saddam Hussein. Military planners are said to have sent to the President, George W. Bush, details of how the Iraqi operation could be carried out — by land, air and sea. One scenario is that of the U.S. unleashing its awesome air power in the first days of the operation which will be backed, if necessary, by as many as 200,000 to 250,000 troops.

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