Liane speak with former Secretary of State James Baker about the Iraqi crisis. While in the Bush Administration, Baker tried in vain to negotiate with Iraq in hopes of avoiding what became the 1991 Gulf War. Although the stakes are different this time around Baker says, the U.S. needs to take a strong position in dealing with Saddam Hussein. Baker also says he's spoken with the current Secretary of State Madeline Albright, and given her advice to on how to deal with the Iraqis.
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