|The White House
President George W. Bush
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For Immediate Release
February 3, 2004
Saddam Hussein was a great threat to the international community for more than 12 years.
Saddam was given an opportunity to tell the United Nations and the world whether he had destroyed his weapons programs -- and he failed to do so.
President Bush could not allow unaccounted-for weapons stockpiles to sit in Iraq. Saddam was a dangerous man who needed to be dealt with.
America could not rely on the good intentions of Saddam Hussein.
The world is safer and better without Saddam in power, and America is more secure.
President Bush had intelligence that was shared by the Clinton administration and by intelligence services around the world saying that Saddam had active weapons-of-mass-destruction programs.
The administration seeks to compare intelligence gained before the war with what we learn from the Iraq Survey Group. But first, they must finish their mission.