For 11 long years, Saddam Hussein has sidestepped,crawfished, wheedled out of any agreement he had made not to harbor, not to develop weapons of mass destruction, agreements he's made to treat the people within his country with respect. And so I'm going to call upon the world to recognize that he is stiffing the world. George W. Bush
Sources within the White House inner circle say George W. Bush is "out of control." An unprovoked attack against Iraq is imminent, because Bush believes he's on a mission from God to rid the world of Saddam Hussein, whether the world likes it or not.
No one likes Saddam Hussein. His own family members defected, and when he coaxed them to return, he had them executed. Saddam has mass murdered Kurds and others, and ruthlessly suppresses dissent in his own country. Saddam threatens and invades his neighbors when he sees an advantage. The Bush administration hopes to focus attention on these facts, while distracting us from all other considerations. Alone -- without support from our allies, his father's advisors, the general public, his own generals or even his own party -- Bush is headed for a high-noon showdown with Saddam.
Saddam is an evil man. No one denies this. Iraq's attempts to gain nuclear weapons represent a potential threat to the region. But this has been the case for eleven years, as even Bush admits. Iraq is weaker now than in 1991, and the Gulf War coalition dissolved long ago. Even Republican experts join our allies and the American people opposing Bush's aim to "go it alone" against Iraq. So why attack now?