Are we going to war? Slate updates the odds.

The odds of war in Iraq.
Dec. 31 2002 3:23 PM

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The odds of war.

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Chance of Invasion
Today: 71 percent

Washington Times reports U.S. intelligence officials think Iraq is 1) hiding two scientists in Saddam's palaces and 2) hiding WMD underground. Annan says, "Iraq is cooperating, and [inspectors] are able to do their work in an unimpeded manner. Therefore I don't see an argument for a military action now." Bush's budget director slashes war cost projections to more palatable level. North Korean crisis escalates, dwarfing Iraq news. Peace spin: With all eyes on North Korea, nobody's watching Saddam. War spin: With all eyes on North Korea, nobody's watching Bush.

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Will Saletan writes about politics, science, technology, and other stuff for Slate. He’s the author of Bearing Right.

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