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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: http://usinfo.state.gov/regional/nea/iraq/text/0919bush.htm ~ Anai Rhoads - - - - 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. -- __________________________________________________________ Sign-up for your own FREE Personalized E-mail at Mail.com http://www.mail.com/?sr=signup _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk