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Bush Says Resolution Shows U.S. Speaks with One Voice

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11, 2002 – President Bush today praised Congress for passing a resolution giving him the authority to deal with Iraq.

"The Congress has spoken clearly to the international community and the United Nations Security Council," Bush said in a statement released early this morning. "Saddam Hussein and his outlaw regime pose a grave threat to the region, the world and the United States. Inaction is not an option, disarmament is a must."

Bush lauded both houses for the bipartisan support of the resolution. "I commend members of the Senate for the strong bipartisan vote authorizing the use of force, if necessary," he said in the statement. "The Senate, like the House, conducted this important debate and vote in the finest traditions of our democracy."

He said this resolution shows enemies that the United States speaks with one voice when its security is threatened.

The resolution authorizes the president to use force against Saddam Hussein's regime to bring it into compliance with all U.N. Security Council resolutions.

The Congressional resolution urges the president to work with the United Nations to resolve the Iraqi problem. It specifically calls on the president "to strictly enforce through the United Nations Security Council all relevant Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq. "

The document encourages Bush to "obtain prompt and decisive action by the Security Council to ensure that Iraq abandons its strategy of delay, evasion and noncompliance and promptly and strictly complies with all relevant Security Council resolutions. "

The resolution also calls on the president to report to House and Senate leaders within 48 hours if he determines that "reliance by the United States on further diplomatic or other peaceful means alone either will not adequately protect the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq or is not likely to lead to enforcement of all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq."

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