Good morning. This has been an important week on two fronts of our war against
terror. First, American and Pakistani authorities captured the mastermind of
the September the 11th attacks against our country, Khalid Sheik Mohammed. This
is a landmark achievement in disrupting the al Qaeda network, and we believe
it will help us prevent future acts of terror. We are currently working with
over 90 countries and have dealt with over 3,000 terrorists, who have been detained,
arrested, or otherwise will not be a problem for the United States.
Second, the Chief United Nations Weapons Inspector reported yesterday to the
Security Council on his efforts to verify Saddam Hussein's compliance with
Resolution 1441. This resolution requires Iraq to fully and unconditionally
disarm itself of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons materials, as well
as the prohibited missiles that could be used to deliver them. Unfortunately,
it is clear that Saddam Hussein is still violating the demands of the United
Nations by refusing to disarm.
Iraqi's dictator has made a public show of producing and destroying a few
prohibited missiles. Yet, our intelligence shows that even as he is destroying
these few missiles, he has ordered the continued production of the very same
type of missiles. Iraqi operatives continue to play a shell game with inspectors,
moving suspected prohibited materials to different locations every 12 to 24
hours. And Iraqi weapons scientists continue to be threatened with harm should
they cooperate in interviews with U.N. inspectors.
These are not the actions of a regime that is disarming. These are the actions
of a regime engaged in a willful charade. If the Iraqi regime were disarming,
we would know it -- because we would see it; Iraq's weapons would be presented
to inspectors and destroyed. Inspection teams do not need more time, or more
personnel -- all they need is what they have never received, the full cooperation
of the Iraqi regime. The only acceptable outcome is the outcome already demanded
by a unanimous vote of the Security Council: total disarmament.
Saddam Hussein has a long history of reckless aggression and terrible crimes.
He possesses weapons of terror. He provides funding and training and safe
haven to terrorists who would willingly deliver weapons of mass destruction
against America and other peace-loving countries.
The attacks of September the 11, 2001 showed what the enemies of America
did with four airplanes. We will not wait to see what terrorists or terror
states could do with weapons of mass destruction. We are determined to confront
threats wherever they arise. And, as a last resort, we must be willing to
use military force. We are doing everything we can to avoid war in Iraq. But
if Saddam Hussein does not disarm peacefully, he will be disarmed by force.
Across the world, and in every part of America, people of goodwill are hoping
and praying for peace. Our goal is peace -- for our own nation, for our friends,
for our allies and for all the peoples of the Middle East. People of goodwill
must also recognize that allowing a dangerous dictator to defy the world and
build an arsenal for conquest and mass murder is not peace at all; it is pretense.
The cause of peace will be advanced only when the terrorists lose a wealthy
patron and protector, and when the dictator is fully and finally disarmed.