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

For Immediate Release
August 24, 2006

February 18, 2003

Global Message


  • The UN Security Council and all nations in the world have a responsibility to see that Saddam Hussein's regime is disarmed, and that the will of the international community is enforced.

  • We must decide to confront the gravest security challenge of our time: the nexus between outlaw regimes, the proliferation of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons, and spread of global terror.

  • The United Nations is the most important international and multilateral institution in the world. We all have a responsibility to strengthen, and not weaken, it.

  • Twelve years of sanctions and inspections have not stopped Saddam quest for chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.

  • The outlaw Iraqi regime's chemical and biological weapons stockpiles, its continued pursuit of nuclear weapons and its ties to global terrorists are a threat to the US, our allies and friends and to the Iraqi people.

  • The Iraqi regime has not decided to disarm. What we heard from the inspectors on Friday was that the Iraqis have taken some superficial, process-oriented steps - like Saddam Hussein's decree "banning" WMD. But that does not amount to a strategic decision to disarm.

  • More inspections, or more inspectors, will do no good unless Iraq makes the decision to disarm. Dr. Blix himself has said that lack of inspectors is not the problem, lack of Iraqi compliance is the problem.

  • The UNSC must rise to the challenge posed by Saddam Hussein's regime. The UNSC must choose to be relevant - it must act to enforce not just 1441, but all 17 resolutions that the Iraqi regime continues to defy.

  • Freedom-loving nations are determined that Iraq will be disarmed - one way or another, sooner rather than later.

  • The President will continue to consult members of Congress, our allies and friends and the UNSC during this final, diplomatic phase.
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