For Immediate Release
March 6, 2003
Global Message on Iraq
- Continuing to deceive
- Inspections not working
- Concessions are not compliance
United Nations Resolution 1441 was meant to end 12 years of lies and
manipulation. Nothing we have seen since the passage of 1441 indicates
that Iraq has decided to disarm or decided to actively,unconditionally,
and immediately cooperate with the inspectors.
Intelligence from multiple sources shows that Iraq is continuing
efforts to deceive inspectors by moving weapons of mass destruction
material around the country to avoid detection. Baghdad is also working
to discredit intelligence information being provided to the inspection
teams by the United States and our allies.
The inspections are not working. Dribbling out of a warhead here, a
missile there, may give the appearance of disarmament, but it is not
reducing Saddam's capabilities. It is not eliminating the threat. He
gives a little to save a lot, but we've caught on to this game.
Iraq has had more than a decade to decide to disarm. Iraq could have
made the decision on November 8 when 1441 was passed. It could make the
Process is not performance. Concessions are not compliance. Destroying
a handful of missiles is not disarmament. Saddam Hussein is betting
that his contempt for the will of the Security Council is stronger than
our collective resolve. Division among us will only convince Saddam
that he is right.
If Saddam leaves us no choice but to disarm him by force, the United
States and our coalition partners will do our utmost to minimize the
loss of civilian life, meet the humanitarian needs of the Iraqi people,
and take responsibility for the post-war stabilization of the country.
We want an Iraq whose people are free from fear and can look to the
future with hope. The hard work of rehabilitation and reconstruction
will begin at the first possible moment, but our collective, long-term
commitment to Iraq will be our efforts to help the Iraqi people build a
unified Iraq that does not pose a threat to international peace and a
welcome presence among nations.