President Bush Outlines Iraqi Threat: Remarks by the President on Iraq   [open pdf - 164KB]

President Bush outlines Iraqi threat at the Cincinnati Museum Center in Cincinnati, Ohio in October 2002. He emphasizes the threat in terms of "terrible weapons" that Iraq has upon America's peace and ties it into the Iraqi regime: "tonight I want to take a few minutes to discuss a grave threat to peace, and America's determination to lead the world in confronting that threat..." The President's speech includes a reminder of what had occurred on September 11. Moreover, President Bush addresses the concerns questioning the urgency and nature of the threat. In doing so, he describes how Iraq itself "stands alone:" "Iraq's weapons of mass destruction are controlled by a murderous tyrant who has already used chemical weapons to kill thousands of people...this same tyrant has tried to dominate the Middle East, has invaded and brutally occupied a small neighbor, has struck other nations without warning, and holds an unrelenting hostility toward the United States." He lists the activities and weapons such as ballistic missiles that Iraq possesses and links terrorist activity to Iraq: "We know that Iraq and the al Qaeda terrorist network share a common enemy -- the United States of America. We know that Iraq and al Qaeda have had high-level contacts that go back a decade. Some al Qaeda leaders who fled Afghanistan went to Iraq. These include one very senior al Qaeda leader who received medical treatment in Baghdad this year, and who has been associated with planning for chemical and biological attacks." Lastly, he mentions that Congress will vote on the Iraqi situation and that he asked Congress to authorize the use of America's military. "To secure peace and to lead the world to a better day are his last remarks."

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