COLIN POWELL is getting tough:

“France and Germany are resisting,” he said. “They believe that more inspections, more time” should be allowed.

“The question I will put to them is: Why more inspections? And how much more time?” Powell said. “Or are you just delaying for the sake of delaying in order to get Saddam Hussein off the hook and no disarmament? That’s a challenge I will put to them.”

No more Mr. Nice Guy, apparently.