US officials have said all along that they do not believe that war is inevitable, provided that Iraq complies.
Even at this stage (post-Powell), they are not saying peace is out.
About Powell's presentation:
Iraq must fully comply with all UN resolutions.
The Iraqi regime should listen to Mr Blix and Mr ElBaradei and I hope they do so
He says the Security Council would have to make a judgment "at some stage" on Iraqi compliance.