How Much More Evidence Is Needed?
January 29, 2003
George W. Bush has always excelled at one thing since he was elected President of the United States and especially since September 11th: the man knows how to deliver a speech with authority and conviction unlike any other president in recent history (other than Ronald Reagan). Moreover, unlike his predecessor, when President Bush speaks, you know he means what he says.
In his third State of the Union address delivered before Congress and the world last night, our commander-in-chief delivered some very compelling reasons why the United States could and should go to war with Iraq very soon. For all the talk we have heard (mostly from Democrats who are trying to circumvent the imminent war in Iraq for their own political gain) in the past few weeks about the need for more evidence before going to war, last night should have been an enlightening experience for many. After hearing that speech, how much more evidence is needed to prove we need to go to war with Iraq as soon as possible?
President Bush revealed a plethora of reasons why the United States is on the verge of invading Iraq during the latter part of his hour-long speech. In fact, it was hard not to notice how President Bush intentionally slowed down and pondered each and every word he was saying during his listing of the heinous offenses and complete disregard for humanity conducted by Saddam Hussein in the past 12 years. This part of the speech was so intense that you literally could have heard a pin drop while President Bush unveiled the damning evidence he has compiled against Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
Bush said that Saddam Hussein seeks to “dominate, intimidate or attack” with weapons of mass destruction he is developing. Bush was concerned that Hussein would be more than willing to share these weapons with his terrorist allies, including al-Qaida. Bush promised that we would “fight with the full force and might of the United States military” to disarm Iraq if Saddam Hussein refuses to disarm and destroy any weapons he possesses.
The President emphasized this point when he said, “we will consult (with other countries), but let there be no misunderstanding. If Saddam Hussein does not fully disarm for the safety of our people, and for the peace of the world, we will lead a coalition to disarm him.”
Bush went on to present a haunting list of weapons that Saddam Hussein has been know to have and presumably stockpiling for future attacks. Bush said that intelligence sources have reported that thousands of Iraqi personnel have been at work hiding documents and materials from the U.N. weapons inspectors.
Specifically, Bush provided evidence that Saddam Hussein has not accounted for up to 25,000 liters of anthrax, 38,000 liters of botulinum toxin, 500 tons of sarin, mustard gas and VX nerve agent and more than 30,000 munitions capable of delivering chemical weapons. If used against the United States, all of these chemical and biological weapons would account for millions of deaths. As each of these substances were spoken, there was a noticeable hush in the Capitol building. The reality of what these weapons could do had undoubtedly began to sink in.
“If this is not evil, then evil has no meaning,” Bush said matter-of-factly after delivering his convincing evidence of the dangerous threat posed by Saddam Hussein. “The world has waited 12 years for Iraq to disarm,” Bush said. “America will not accept a serious and mounting threat to our country, our friends and our allies.” Bush showed concern not only for American citizens, but also for citizens of every country threatened by the totalitarian aggression of Saddam Hussein.
Additionally, Bush provided further evidence of Iraq’s unwillingness to comply with the disarmament treaty he signed after the Gulf War. President Bush said that the British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa. Bush also claimed that Iraqi officials are now hiding documents and materials and that intelligence officers are posing as scientists that inspectors are supposed to interview.
Furthermore, three Iraqi defectors have told American intelligence that Iraq had several mobile biological weapons labs in the late 1990’s that have not accounted for by the U.N. inspectors. President Bush says that Iraq has been moving these labs around even while the U.N. weapons inspectors have been in their country.
President Bush said that Saddam Hussein has shown “his utter contempt” for the United Nations and must be brought to account unless he disarms. Speaking forcefully during this part of his speech, President Bush said that “the dictator of Iraq is not disarming. To the contrary, he is deceiving.” This deception is the basis for the impending war. The President has proven that we have ample reasons for going to war with Iraq to specifically oust Saddam Hussein from power.
“If war is forced upon us, we will fight in a just cause and by just means sparing, in every way we can, the innocent,” President Bush said. While President Bush would rather not go to war with Iraq, he realizes that it is necessary to preserve the peace in the world and to protect American citizens from terrorism and terrorist regimes.
President Bush will send Secretary of State Colin Powell to the U.N. Security Council next Wednesday to present the U.S. case for war against Iraq.
Meanwhile, after President Bush concluded his speech, some predictable Democrats expressed their disgust for President Bush’s case for war. They claim there are still not enough compelling reasons to go to war.
“Tonight, the president used all the right rhetoric, but he still has all the wrong policies,” said Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD). Daschle is still smarting from his demotion in the U. S. Senate and will always be a voice of dissension against the Bush administration, regardless of what the issue is!
But the most perplexing criticism of President Bush came from Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA). Old-man-Kennedy said that President Bush needs to present “convincing evidence of an imminent threat” before sending troops to fight Iraq. The dinosaur Democrat went on to say that “instead of rushing down the path to war with Iraq, the American people deserve a full debate.”
Hello, Sen. Kennedy?!?! What is there to debate? How much more evidence is needed? President Bush just outlined for you and the entire world in his State of the Union address a litany of offenses and deceptions perpetrated by Saddam Hussein in the past 12 years. Would you prefer to wait until one of those anthrax-laced bombs he has is launched and on its way to this country before we think about going to war?!?! Give me a break!
President Bush has a right and a responsibility as the leader of the free world to go to war with Iraq to bring an end to the terror of this evil dictator. Swift and thorough action must be taken to remove from power this threat to this country and to the rest of the world. That is precisely what we will see happen in the next few weeks when troops from the United States and its allies move in to Iraq to remove Saddam Hussein from power. It is the right thing to do for all the right reasons.