For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
November 9, 2002
President Bush Recaps Important Week in Weekly Radio Address
Radio Address of the President to the Nation
THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. This was an important week for our
country and for the world. The United Nations Security Council voted
for a resolution requiring the Iraqi regime to declare and destroy all
weapons of mass destruction or face the consequences.
Here at home, our citizens voted in an election I believe will
strengthen our ability to get things done for the American people.
With the United Nations Security Council resolution passed yesterday,
the world has now come together to say that the outlaw regime in Iraq
will not be permitted to build or possess chemical, biological or
nuclear weapons. That is the judgment of the United Nations Security
Council. That is the judgment of the United States Congress. And my
administration will see to it that the world's judgment is enforced.
The resolution presents the Iraqi regime with a test, a final
test. Iraq must now, without delay or negotiations, give up its
weapons of mass destruction, welcome full inspections and fundamentally
change the approach it has taken for more than a decade. The regime
must allow immediate and unrestricted access to every site, every
document and every person identified by inspectors. Iraq can be
certain that the old game of cheat-and-retreat, tolerated at other
times, will no longer be tolerated.
Any act of delay or defiance will be an additional breach of Iraq's
international obligations, and a clear signal that the Iraqi regime has
once again abandoned the path of voluntary compliance. If Iraq fails
to fully comply with the U.N. resolution, the United States, in
coalition with other nations, will disarm Saddam Hussein.
Republicans and Democrats in Congress are strongly supporting our
war against terror. As the current Congress returns to Washington this
week, I hope we can act in the same spirit of unity to complete some
The single most important item of unfinished business on Capitol
Hill is to create a unified Department of Homeland Security that will
vastly improve our ability to protect our borders, our coasts and our
communities. The Senate must pass a bill that will strengthen our
ability to protect the American people and preserve the authority every
President since John Kennedy has had to act in the interests of
national security. Congress needs to send me a bill I can sign before
it adjourns this year.
We also have a responsibility to strengthen the economy so that
people can find jobs. One immediate thing Congress can do to help put
people to work is to pass legislation so that construction projects can
get insurance against terrorism at a reasonable price. This will spur
construction and create thousands of good hard-hat jobs that are now on
hold, because projects without insurance cannot be built.
Congress must also show fiscal discipline, as it passes the
appropriations bills. At a time when we're at war, at a time when we
need to strengthen our economy, Congress must control wasteful spending
while funding the nation's priorities.
American workers deserve action on these important economic
issues. Our economy has come out of a recession and it's growing. But
I'm not satisfied, because I know we can do better. I want the economy
to grow at a faster and stronger pace, so more Americans can find
jobs. So I will work with our new Congress to pass a growth and jobs
package early next year.
Our nation has important challenges ahead, at home and abroad. And
we're determined to build the security and prosperity of America.
Thank you for listening.