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