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

January 23, 2003

Global Message


  • The United Nations Security Council found Iraq in continuing material breach of its obligations and made clear this was Iraq's final opportunity to disarm. We are very far from that point today.

  • This is not a game of hide-and-seek. The aim of weapons inspections is to verify Iraq's efforts to disarm. The Iraqi regime is required to give total cooperation and an honest declaration of what weapons they possess.

  • Weapons inspectors discovered 12 chemical warheads, and Iraq belatedly handed over another 4, but it raises a basic question: Where are the nearly 30,000 other warheads? The UN estimates Saddam had that many, but has never accounted for them.

  • The President continues to work and consult with our allies. 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 and decisively, and America will prevail.
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