Clinton to explain possible attack on Iraq
February 17, 1998
Clinton returned to the White House from Camp David on Monday night
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From White House Correspondent Eileen O'Connor
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- As the Clinton administration tries to persuade Americans -- and the world -- to support an air attack on Iraq, the president was to outline his case in a speech on Tuesday to Pentagon brass.
The United States has said a strike could be necessary if Iraq fails to allow full access to U.N. weapons inspectors.
P.J. Crowley, deputy spokesman of the National Security Council, said Clinton's speech would not be a statement of U.S. intentions but an outline of "where we are and what we are prepared to do."
Clinton will make his case for the strong stand the United States has taken against allowing Iraq to develop weapons of mass destruction, administration officials said.
They also concede that they are trying to prepare the American public for potential casualties among American troops and Iraqi civilians in the event of a military strike.