In yesterday's post on the silence of the think tanks I was relying on an account I read in a book, which can sometimes be a problem since books tend not to be fact-checked especially rigorously. The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, for example, turns out not to have been as silent on this issue as the post implied. Here, for example, is Jessica Matthews advocating "coercive inspections" as an alternative to "the very real possibility that a war to overthrow Saddam Hussein, even if successful in doing so, could subtract more from U.S. security and long-term political interests than it adds. In this case an alternative does exist."

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