This is ridiculous. Saddam is a dangerous psychopath, no doubt about it, but we have no business talking about this with the Israelis ansd Palestinians still at each others' throats. For one thing, it makes GWB look like someone with a very short attention span, and for another, we will NEVER get the political or tactical support we will need in the Middle East to defeat Saddam until the Israel/Palestine issue is solved, or at least in repair mode.
And here's what I can't understand--why are we talking this up so much
? Could we POSSIBLY give Saddam any more warning that we're actively gunning for him? "Coming after you now. Okay, not now, but soon. Real soon. Don't you be getting any smart ideas about building up your arsenals and military, and stockpiling nuclear and biological weapons of mass destruction in the meantime, 'cause we're coming to get you. Pretty soon now. Maybe in a month or two." I know Saddam is smart enough to know that we're coming after him eventually, but do we have to draw him a *******' timeline?