United Nations Resolution 1441 was meant to end 12 years of lies and manipulation.
Nothing we have seen since the passage of 1441 indicates that Iraq has decided
to disarm or decided to actively,unconditionally, and immediately cooperate
with the inspectors.
Intelligence from multiple sources shows that Iraq is continuing efforts to
deceive inspectors by moving weapons of mass destruction material around the
country to avoid detection. Baghdad is also working to discredit intelligence
information being provided to the inspection teams by the United States and
The inspections are not working. Dribbling out of a warhead here, a missile
there, may give the appearance of disarmament, but it is not reducing Saddam's
capabilities. It is not eliminating the threat. He gives a little to save a
lot, but we've caught on to this game.
Iraq has had more than a decade to decide to disarm. Iraq could have made the
decision on November 8 when 1441 was passed. It could make the decision today.
Process is not performance. Concessions are not compliance. Destroying a handful
of missiles is not disarmament. Saddam Hussein is betting that his contempt
for the will of the Security Council is stronger than our collective resolve.
Division among us will only convince Saddam that he is right.
If Saddam leaves us no choice but to disarm him by force, the United States
and our coalition partners will do our utmost to minimize the loss of civilian
life, meet the humanitarian needs of the Iraqi people, and take responsibility
for the post-war stabilization of the country.
We want an Iraq whose people are free from fear and can look to the future with
hope. The hard work of rehabilitation and reconstruction will begin at the first
possible moment, but our collective, long-term commitment to Iraq will be our
efforts to help the Iraqi people build a unified Iraq that does not pose a threat
to international peace and a welcome presence among nations.