“Coercive diplomacy”—a range of nonmilitary options for increasing the pressure on a recalcitrant state, with credible force in the wings—is at this juncture a better option for the United States than a focus on unilateral intervention to topple the Iraqi regime. It may achieve the same ends, and even if it does not, the substantial attempt should elicit allied and regional support for whatever steps then become necessary.
Langenheim, William S.
"Give Peace a Chance—First, Try Coercive Diplomacy,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 55
, Article 6.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol55/iss4/6