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[casi] Transcript: Bush Asks Congress for Use of Force Resolution on Iraq

President says Iraq continues to violate U.N. resolutions

President Bush asked the U.S. Congress for authority to use all means necessary, including the use 
of the U.S. armed forces, to depose the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein and to disarm the country of 
any weapons of mass destruction.

Bush told news reporters September 19 after sending the proposed resolution to the Congress that 
"If you want to keep the peace, you've got to have the authorization to use force." The resolution 
was sent to Congress after meetings  September 18 with the Congressional leadership at the White 
House. Bush is seeking action on the resolution before a Congressional recess for the general 
elections November 5.

The resolution reads, in part: "The President is authorized to use all means that he determines to 
be appropriate, including force, in order to enforce the United Nations Security Council 
resolutions referenced above, defend the national security interests of the United States against 
the threat posed by Iraq, and restore international peace and security in the region."

Two senior administration officials, during a background briefing, said that the president will 
consult closely with Congress at it moves forward on the resolution's language. "It is important 
that this nation be united in confronting the threat posed by Saddam Hussein's regime," they said.

And the resolution specifically calls for a regime change in Iraq, consistent with  U.S. policy 
since 1998, they said.

In addition to sending the resolution to the Congress, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld concluded 
two days of testimony September 19 before the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, and 
Secretary of State Colin Powell testified before the House International Relations Committee. Both 
cabinet officers were testifying about the reasons why Bush is seeking support for the resolution.

Bush said in the resolution that Saddam Hussein has repeatedly violated UN resolutions and 
international law by obtaining chemical and biological weapons, and seeking nuclear weapons. It 
also cites his support for terrorism and for oppressing the Iraqi people.

Following is the link to the text for the Bush resolution and a transcript of the White House 
background briefing:

~ Anai Rhoads

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Forgiveness breaks the chain of causality because he who forgives you -- out of love--takes upon 
himself the consequences of what you have done. Forgiveness, therefore, always entails a sacrifice.

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