Key Points from the President's Remarks on Iraq 2-6-03
The Iraqi regime's violations of Security Council resolutions
are evident, and they continue to this hour. The regime has never
accounted for a vast arsenal of deadly biological and chemical weapons,
and is pursuing an elaborate campaign to conceal its weapons materials,
and to hide or intimidate key experts and scientists.
This deception is directed from the highest levels of the Iraqi
regime, including Saddam Hussein, his son, the Vice President, and the
very official responsible for cooperating with inspectors.
Sources tell us Saddam Hussein recently authorized Iraqi field
commanders to use chemical weapons - the very weapons the dictator
tells the world he does not have.
The same terrorist network operating out of Iraq is responsible
for the recent murder of an American diplomat, Laurence Foley. The
same network has plotted terrorism against France, Spain, Italy,
Germany, the Republic of Georgia, and Russia, and was caught producing
poisons in London. The danger Saddam Hussein poses reaches across the
Saddam Hussein was given a final chance; he is throwing that
chance away. The Security Council must show whether its words have any
meaning. Having made its demands, the Security Council must not back
down, when those demands are defied and mocked by a dictator.
The United States would welcome and support a new resolution
which makes clear that the Security Council stands behind its previous
demands. Yet resolutions mean little without resolve. And the United
States, along with a growing coalition of nations, is resolved to take
whatever action is necessary to defend ourselves and disarm the Iraqi
On September 11, 2001, America saw what terrorists could do by
turning four airplanes into weapons. We will not wait to see what
terrorists or terrorist states could do with chemical, biological,
radiological or nuclear weapons.
Saddam Hussein has made Iraq into a prison, a poison factory,
and a torture chamber for patriots and dissidents. He has the motive,
means, recklessness and hatred to threaten the American people. Saddam
Hussein will be stopped.