Over,’ Bush Tells Saddam
By Jim Garamone,
WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2003 — President Bush said
today Saddam Hussein will play a last-minute game of deception,
empty promises and false denials in response to U.S. evidence
given the United Nations, but, "The game is over."
"The danger Saddam Hussein poses reaches
across the world," Bush said in a White House statement.
The president said 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."
Bush said 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 regime."
The president gave what the military would call
a "situation report." He said that 12 years after first
agreeing to disarm and 90 days after the U.N. Security Council
passed Resolution 1441, "Saddam Hussein was required to make
a full declaration of his weapons programs: He has not done so."
"Saddam Hussein was required to fully cooperate
in the disarmament of his regime: he has not done so," Bush
stated. "Saddam Hussein was given a final chance: He is throwing
that chance away."
The president’s words follow Secretary of State
Colin Powell’s presentation to the United Nations Feb. 5, giving
the world body evidence of the Iraqi regime’s lies and deceptions.
Bush called on the United Nations to stand together.
"On Nov. 8, by demanding the immediate disarmament of Iraq,
the United Nations Security Council spoke with clarity and authority,"
"Now, the Security Council will 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."
Bush said the experience of Sept. 11, 2001, showed
what terrorists could do by turning jetliners into guided missiles.
"We will not wait to see what terrorists or terrorist states
could do with chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear weapons,"
said that the Iraqi dictator will now offer a round of empty promises
and false denials. "No doubt he will play a last-minute game
of deception," Bush said. "The game is over. All the
world can rise to this moment. The community of free nations can
show that it is strong and confident and determined to keep the