The White House
President George W. Bush
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For Immediate Release
August 24, 2006

January 10, 2003

Global Message


  • In the case of North Korea, the world must continue to speak with one voice to turn that regime away from its nuclear ambitions.

  • In the case of Iraq, the world has already spoken with one voice. The Iraqi regime has a duty under UN Security Council resolutions to declare and destroy all of its weapons of mass destruction. The Iraqi regime is a grave threat to the United States and our friends.

  • The Iraqi regime has a brutal record of torturing their own people and a record of reckless aggression against their neighbors. They have used weapons of mass destruction on people in other countries, and they have used weapons of mass destruction on their own people.

  • Four years ago, UN inspectors concluded that Iraq failed to account for large stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons capable of killing millions. In last month's declaration, Iraq again failed to account for those weapons.

  • We can now be certain that [the regime] holds the UN Security Council and the opinion of mankind in contempt. Saddam Hussein was given a path to peace; thus far, he has chosen the path of defiance.

  • The fate of the Iraqi regime will be determined by its own decisions. Saddam Hussein knows precisely what he must do to avoid conflict.

  • The use of military force is America's last option. Yet if force becomes necessary to secure our country and to keep the peace, America will act deliberately, America will act decisively, and America will prevail because we've got the finest military in the world.
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