Fred Kaplan’s reporting on the UN negotiations at Slate has been essential for quite some time now. His most recent article reports what I assumed to be the case all along, that Resolution 1441 has plenty of weasel room in it that gives France, Russia, and other countries opposed to the war plenty of room within which to negotiate. The Bush administration can pretend like these countries are not honoring their commitments, but they wouldn’t have signed on to 1441 in the first place had it not given them the outs they need to press their agenda.