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Bush Calls Iraqi Dictator 'Master of Disguise, Delay'

By Kathleen T. Rhem
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2003 – President Bush today called Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein a "master of disguise and delay."

"He'll say, 'Oh, I'm disarming,' after he said he has no arms," Bush said of Hussein at a White House meeting with a Hispanic advocacy group.

The United States will continue to work with "our friends, people who understand the value of freedom," to insist the United Nations uphold Security Council Resolution 1441, the president told members of the Latino Coalition.

"After all, we want the United Nations to be a legitimate, effective body," he added.

Resolution 1441, approved unanimously by the Security Council Nov. 8, 2002, calls for "serious consequences" if Iraq fails to declare its weapons and weapons programs and to assist inspectors in their verification of the declaration.

Bush also said concern for the Iraqi people is "an inherent part of our view of Iraq." He harkened back to his State of the Union Address, in which he said, "Liberty is not America's gift to the world, it is God's gift to mankind."

He told the group, "Freedom and liberty will be at the forefront of a policy designed to make the world more peaceful and a policy designed to protect the American people."

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