looking back [updated]

Monday, March 17, 2003 Posted: 9:34 PM EST (0234 GMT)
Transcript of President George W. Bush's Monday night televised address to the nation

My fellow citizens, events in Iraq have now reached the final days of decision...

remember, yesterday they were in the final stages of diplomacy, obviously

For more than a decade, the United States and other nations have pursued patient and honorable efforts to disarm the Iraqi regime without war...

as little as two days ago, and for the past decade, we were conducting airstrikes

We have passed more than a dozen resolutions in the United Nations Security Council. We have sent hundreds of weapons inspectors to oversee the disarmament of Iraq...

but not that pesky second U.N. resolution, and you pulled the inspectors out

Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised...

including sexed up intel and "facts" made to fit the policy

Yet the only way to reduce the harm and duration of war is to apply the full force and might of our military, and we are prepared to do so...

with 1/3 of the troops he was told that was needed, the harm was not reduced and the duration has lasted six years now

In desperation, he and terrorist groups might try to conduct terrorist operations against the American people and our friends. These attacks are not inevitable. They are, however, possible.

And this very fact underscores the reason we cannot live under the threat of blackmail...

saddam won't be able to threaten or blackmail you, but i will to get my agenda passed

Free nations have a duty to defend our people by uniting against the violent, and tonight, as we have done before, America and our allies accept that responsibility...

free congresses have a duty to prosecute war crimes committed by it's violent leaders, and today, as they have ignored the rule of law before, they continue to ignore the crimes committed, and for that, american must accept responsibility, for this we must atone




it's a start, how 'bout doing the same on this side of the pond

they why's and wherefore's


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