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May 20, 2004

The President's Words on Saddam Hussein

We've printed these stirring words before. But, with some Americans beginning to doubt the rightness of our cause, it seems it's time to print them again:

The hard fact is that so long as Saddam remains in power, he threatens the well-being of his people, the peace of his region, the security of the world. The best way to end that threat once and for all is with a new Iraqi government -- a government ready to live in peace with its neighbors, a government that respects the rights of its people....

The decision to use force is never cost-free. Whenever American forces are placed in harm's way, we risk the loss of life.... Heavy as they are, the costs of action must be weighed against the price of inaction.

If Saddam defies the world and we fail to respond, we will face a far greater threat in the future. Saddam will strike again at his neighbors. He will make war on his own people. And mark my words, he will develop weapons of mass destruction. He will deploy them, and he will use them. Because we're acting today, it is less likely that we will face these dangers in the future.

The full text of this address, and video of the Presiden'ts solemn delivery, can be found here. The language quoted above comes at around 11:08 into the speech.

Gosh, we forgot that once in a while our President -- President Clinton, that is -- got something right.


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