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'Risk Too Great'(What's Changed Since 1998?)
Newsday ^ | 10/8/02 | Ken Fireman

Posted on 10/08/2002 5:53:14 AM PDT by Tumbleweed_Connection

Cincinnati - Calling Saddam Hussein a unique and growing threat to world peace, President George W. Bush last night asked the nation to gird itself for a potentially difficult military conflict to strip the Iraqi leader of his most powerful weapons - and his power to rule.

Bush warned that a cornered Hussein might be tempted to use chemical or biological weapons in such a war, and he urged Iraqi generals to spurn such orders or risk trial as war criminals.

Speaking to an invited audience of civic leaders in a renovated railroad terminal that once thronged with troops heading for World War II, the president said military action was not "imminent or unavoidable" even if Congress authorizes him to act. A conflict could still be averted, he said, if Hussein agreed to disarm, cease supporting terrorists, halt internal persecutions and comply with other United Nations resolutions.

But Bush held out little hope that Hussein would do so - and left no doubt what the consequences would be in that case. "The time for denying, deceiving and delaying has come to an end," he said. "Saddam Hussein must disarm himself - or, for the sake of peace, we will lead a coalition to disarm him."...

(Excerpt) Read more at newsday.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: disarming; iraq; saddam

1 posted on 10/08/2002 5:53:16 AM PDT by Tumbleweed_Connection
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2 posted on 10/08/2002 5:55:08 AM PDT by Tumbleweed_Connection
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Are electronic versions of Bush's speech available, yet?
3 posted on 10/08/2002 6:12:32 AM PDT by Real Cynic No More
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Are electronic versions of Bush's speech available, yet?

Print version, with a Real Audio link, is available here.


Tony

4 posted on 10/08/2002 6:17:55 AM PDT by TonyInOhio
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5 posted on 10/08/2002 6:28:37 AM PDT by William McKinley
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Bush warned that a cornered Hussein might be tempted to use chemical or biological weapons in such a war, and he urged Iraqi generals to spurn such orders or risk trial as war criminals.

Forget the "war criminals" bit. Let them know that they risk nuclear annialation!

6 posted on 10/08/2002 7:10:42 AM PDT by scooter2
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Thanks!
7 posted on 10/08/2002 7:13:27 AM PDT by Real Cynic No More
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Such would be a hollow threat unless the continental US were hit and tens of thousands killed. Even if Iraq tries to use bio and chem on American soldiers, annihilating Iraq with nukes would poison the region and that is not our goal. Tactical nukes aren't usable either because of urban setting. Be realistic, at least.
8 posted on 10/08/2002 7:27:38 AM PDT by MHGinTN
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