The President is resolved in confronting the threat posed by
Saddam Hussein's regime and is asking Congress to support his firm
Meanwhile, the UN Security Council must act to enforce its
own resolutions. The UN's credibility is at stake as it responds to the
President's call for international action to achieve Iraqi
While asking for UN action, the President is
underscoring that this country will do what is necessary, with our
friends, to defend US and coalition security interests.
Hussein repeatedly violates 16 UNSC resolutions designed to constrain
Iraq's ability to threaten international peace and security.
is nothing to negotiate with Iraq. Saddam's regime must be held
accountable for not conforming to the resolutions Iraq agreed to.
The President strongly condemns terror and violence in the Middle
East, and extended condolences to the families of victims of Thursday's