Transcript of Bush Press Conference

But from the administration's perspective and your own perspective, can you share for the American public what you view as the pros and cons associated with that proposal?

BUSH: You're right, I'm not going to tip my hand.


QUESTION: But could you help them sort out the debate...

BUSH: Thank you.


Anything that's debated must have resolution to this issue. We're not going to — it makes no sense to allow this issue to continue on and on in the hopes that Saddam Hussein disarms. The whole purpose of the debate is for Saddam to disarm.

We gave him a chance. As a matter of fact, we gave him 12 years of chances. But recently, we gave him a chance starting last fall, and it said, "last chance to disarm." The resolution said that. And had he chosen to do so, it would be evident that he disarmed. And so more time, more inspectors, more process, in our judgment is not going to affect the peace of the world.

So whatever is resolved is going to have some finality to it, so that Saddam Hussein will take us seriously.

I want to remind you that it is his choice to make as to whether or not we go to war. It's Saddam's choice. He's the person that can make the choice of war and peace. Thus far, he's made the wrong choice. If we have to, for the sake and the security of the American people, for the sake of peace in the world and for freedom to the Iraqi people, we will disarm Saddam Hussein. And by we, it's more than America. A lot of nations will join us.

Thank you for your questions.

Good night.

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