The White House, President George W. Bush Click to print this document

For Immediate Release
September 26, 2002

Global Message

  • The security of our country is the commitment of both political parties, and the responsibility of both elected branches of government.

  • Elected officials are working for a strong Congressional resolution that sends a clear message: UN Security Council demands must be followed and the Iraqi dictator must be disarmed. These requirements will be met, or they will be enforced.

  • The danger is grave and growing. The Iraqi regime possesses biological and chemical weapons and is rebuilding facilities to make more. It could launch a biological or chemical attack 45 minutes after the order is given. The regime is seeking a nuclear bomb -- and, with fissile material, could build one within a year.

  • Iraq's regime has longstanding and continuing ties to terrorist groups -- there are al-Qaida terrorists inside Iraq. The regime also practices the rape of women and the torture of dissenters and their children as methods of intimidation.

  • The President has made it clear: we refuse to live in a future of fear. We are determined to build a future of security and peace for the world.
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