There are hordes of US Soldiers around Iraq, at enormous political and financial cost to the Bush administration. That same administration continues to argue publicly that Iraq has not complied with the UN’s requirements and does other things that can’t be countenanced. Finally, diplomacy to generate further international support for war also continues.
On the other hand, there are also UN inspectors in Iraq. There are many nations (even not including arab nations) whose leaders do not support the idea of a war at this time, suggesting-- in the absence of a sufficiently smoking gun-- that they will never support an armed invasion. And even in countries whose leaders deeply support the current US policy, meaning that they will send soldiers to participate in the invasion, large segments of the public do not support the idea of invasion.
The question is: is there any possibility that the US and allied soldiers will be withdrawn without invading? In other words, is there anything Iraq or Saddam Hussein can do to control their destiny at this juncture?
Or is it just a matter of time until the invasion begins?