Not only Osama bin Laden." Rumsfeld met with General Tommy Franks, the commander of U. Central Command, on 27 November to go over the plans. allies in NATO, such as the United Kingdom, agreed with the US actions, while France and Germany were critical of plans to invade Iraq, arguing instead for continued diplomacy and weapons inspections.
A record of the meeting includes the question "How start? After considerable debate, the UN Security Council adopted a compromise resolution, UN Security Council Resolution 1441, which authorized the resumption of weapons inspections and promised "serious consequences" for non-compliance.
The inspections were carried out by the United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM).
Member states communicated their frustration over the years that Iraq was impeding the work of the special commission and failing to take seriously its disarmament obligations.