Для немедленного распространения
7 октября 2002 г.
Excerpts from the President's Address
Excerpts from the President's Address to the Nation on Iraq
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As the United States Congress prepares for an historic vote on a
resolution on Iraq, President Bush tonight will provide a comprehensive
assessment of the threat Saddam Hussein's regime poses to the security
of the United States and the World and our commitment to confront it.
In doing so, President Bush will answer specific questions many
Americans are asking, including why this threat is unique: "While
there are many dangers in the world, the threat from Iraq stands alone
- because it gathers the most serious dangers of our age in one
place.... By its past and present actions, by its technological
capabilities, by the merciless nature of its regime, Iraq is unique."
President Bush will also make clear that the status quo is
unacceptable and that the United States is prepared to lead a coalition
to hold the Iraqi regime to account, saying: "The time for denying,
deceiving, and delaying has come to an end. Saddam Hussein must disarm
himself - or, for the sake of peace, we will lead a coalition to disarm
President Bush will reaffirm America's commitment to providing a
better life for the people of Iraq: "America is a friend to the people
of Iraq. Our demands are directed only at the regime that enslaves
them and threatens us. When these demands are met, the first and
greatest benefit will come to Iraqi men, women, and children."
Finally, President Bush will discuss the resolution to be voted on
by the Congress and the important signal it will send to Saddam Hussein
and the world, saying: 'Approving this resolution does not mean that
military action is imminent or unavoidable. The resolution will tell
the United Nations, and all nations, that America speaks with one voice
and is determined to make the demands of the civilized world mean