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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

Washington File

05 June 2003

Bush Says U.S. Will "Reveal the Truth" about WMD in Iraq

(Baghdad regime no longer a potential source of WMD for terrorists) (1840)
President Bush said June 5 that the United States and its coalition
partners have "made sure that Iraq is not going to serve as an
arsenal" of weapons of mass destruction for terrorist groups.
Addressing troops at Camp As Sayliyah in Qatar, headquarters for the
U.S. Central Command, Bush said "We recently found two mobile
biological weapons facilities which were capable of producing
biological agents. [Saddam Hussein] is a man who spent decades hiding
tools of mass murder. He knew the inspectors were looking for them.
... We're on the look. We'll reveal the truth."
Bush said coalition forces have liberated the Iraqi people while
making the world a safer place, adding that the world is now learning
about the mass graves and torture chambers of a regime that sought to
develop threatening weapons and built luxurious palaces instead of
meeting the needs of the Iraqi people. "We also sent another clear
message: dictators can no longer shield themselves behind innocent
people," he said.
Bush reminded the troops that we are still "in a war on global terror"
and said that actions in Afghanistan have clearly demonstrated that
the United States and its allies will hunt down terrorists.
But while the war on terror goes on, the United States realizes that
there is a lot of work still to be done in Iraq, he said, and "we will
stand with [the Iraqi people] as they build a stable democracy and a
peaceful future."
Bush thanked the governments of Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and the United
Arab Emirates for their support and assistance and praised the
soldiers sent by Great Britain, Poland and Australia for their service
to the cause of freedom.
Bush said the "mission has been accomplished" showing that "our
country does not seek the expansion of territory" but rather "to
enlarge the realm of liberty."
Following is the text of Bush's remarks:
(begin text)
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
(Doha, Qatar)
June 5, 2003
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT TO THE TROOPS
Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar
10:25 A.M. (L)
THE PRESIDENT: Thanks for coming out to say hello. (Applause.) Thanks
for your introduction, Tommy. I appreciate this warm welcome. I have a
question for you: Can you hear me now? (Applause.)
I've been on the road for a while, and I hope you didn't mind us
stopping by. (Applause.)
We've seen a lot of fine sights, but there's no finer sight than to
see the men and women who wear the uniform of the United States of
America. (Applause.)
I am happy to see you, an so are the long-suffering people of Iraq.
America sent you on a mission to remove a grave threat and to liberate
an oppressed people, and that mission has been accomplished.
(Applause.)
Each one of you is a credit to the uniform you wear, and I bring a
message from home: your families are proud of you, and so is America.
(Applause.)
I want to thank Tommy for his leadership. (Applause.) I don't know if
you know this, but First Lady Laura Bush and Tommy Franks went to high
school together. (Applause.) Midland Lee High School. She didn't think
he'd amount to much. (Laughter.) He has done a fantastic job.
(Applause.)
I'm also honored to be traveling with a fantastic Secretary of State.
(Applause.)
I want to thank the allied forces. I want to thank the Brits, the
Australians -- (applause) -- I want to thank our friends from Poland
-- (applause) -- for your service to your countries and to the cause
of freedom, and for your courage.
I want to thank the members of the armed forces of Qatar and I want to
thank the Amir of Qatar, with whom I just met, for his hospitality and
for his friendship to the United States of America. (Applause.)
But most of all, I'm here to thank you. (Applause.) We are in a war on
global terror, and because of you, we're winning the war on global
terror. (Applause.) When we sent you into combat, you performed
brilliantly. In Afghanistan, forces directed from here from Qatar, and
headquartered in Tampa, you delivered decisive blows against the
Taliban and against al Qaeda. And now the people of Afghanistan are
free. (Applause.)
We have made it clear that we'll hunt the terrorists down. There's no
place they can hide from the justice of the United States of America
and our friends. And right now we've got -- we're on the hunt in the
Horn of Africa. And of course, in the battle of Iraq, you set an
example of skill and daring that will stand for all time. (Applause.)
The very first strike in the liberation of Iraq started from right
here, and many others followed. Missions of mercy are directed from
here.
Our actions sent a long, clear message that our nation is strong and
our nation is compassionate. And we also sent another clear message:
Dictators can no longer shield themselves behind innocent people.
(Applause.) Those who threaten the security of others now need to
worry about their own. (Applause.)
As you know, in the Battle of Iraq, we had some fine, fine soldiers at
our side. Great Britain, Poland and Australia sent some of their
finest to work with ours. America will always remember their service
and their important role in our victory, and we're grateful.
Neighbors in this neighborhood -- nations in this neighborhood also
gave critical assistance to this coalition, for which we're grateful.
Of course, Qatar, the host of CENTCOM, a great friend to the United
States. And Kuwait always said yes when we asked. They also kept their
oil flowing when it looked like there wasn't going to be enough.
(Applause.)
Our friends in Bahrain and the UAE and the rest of the Gulf
contributed valuable assistance to our cause, for which we're
thankful.
It was from this place that our commanders executed one of the most
innovative war plans in the history of armed conflict. And the man who
designed those plans was Tommy Franks. (Applause.) I want to thank
Tommy and his staff. I also want to thank Command Sergeant Major
Dwight Brown. (Applause.) I was going to say, "and his staff," but
you're his staff. (Applause.)
Under Tommy's leadership, CENTCOM forces have shown the true might of
America, the strength of our country. You've also shown the humanity
and decency of your country, as well. You see, this country, our
country does not seek the expansion of territory. We're not interested
in more territory. Our goal is to enlarge the realm of liberty.
(Applause.)
We believe that liberty is God's gift to every individual on the face
of the earth. (Applause.) We believe people have the right to think
and speak and worship in freedom. That's what we believe in America.
And that's what you showed the world. (Applause.)
No, our military fights for the security, American people. And we
fight for freedom. And we sacrifice for freedom and we have lost some
of our finest. And this nation will never forget and will always honor
their memories for the sacrifices they made. And it's not only serving
our nation, but serving a cause greater than themselves. May God rest
their souls. (Applause.)
Not only does the war on terror go on, but we've got a lot of work to
do in Iraq. And we're going to stay the course until the job gets
done. We will stand with them as they build a stable democracy and a
peaceful future.
Our forces are taking aggressive steps to increase order throughout
the country. We are moving those Baathist officials that are trying to
hang on to power. There are still pockets of criminality. Remember,
the former leader of Iraq emptied the jail cells of common criminals
right before the action took place. And they haven't changed their
habits and their ways. They like to rob and like to loot. We'll find
them. (Applause.)
Criminal courts are now reopening. Day by day, the United States and
our coalition partners are making the streets safer for the Iraqi
citizens. We also understand that a more just political system will
develop when people have food in their stomachs, and their lights
work, and they can turn on a faucet and they can find some clean water
-- things that Saddam did not do for them.
See, he spent more time building luxurious palaces than he did in
building an infrastructure to take care of the Iraqi citizens. And the
United States and our friends and allies will first take care of the
Iraqi citizens. (Applause.) And they'll have some money to help
themselves. After all, oil is now flowing. But this time the revenues
are not going to be used and skimmed off by greedy gangsters. It's
going to be used in a special account on behalf of the people who own
the oil -- the citizens of Iraq. (Applause.)
One thing else we've done is we made sure that Iraq is not going to
serve as an arsenal for terrorist -- for terrorist groups. We recently
found two mobile biological weapons facilities which were capable of
producing biological agents. This is a man who spent decades hiding
tools of mass murder. He knew the inspectors were looking for them.
You know better than me he's got a big country in which to hide them.
We're on the look. We'll reveal the truth.
But one thing is certain: no terrorist network will gain weapons of
mass destruction from the Iraqi regime, because the Iraqi regime is no
more. (Applause.)
As people who liberated Iraq, I know you're proud of what you have
done. (Applause.) You see, the world is now learning what many of you
have seen. They're learning about the mass graves, thousands of people
just summarily executed. They're learning about the torture chambers.
Because of you, a great evil has been ended. Because of you, the
dignity of a great nation is being restored.
Because of you, America and our friends and allies, those of us who
love freedom are now more secure. You have justified the confidence
that your country has placed in you. You've served your country well.
Your Commander-in-Chief is grateful. And as importantly, more
importantly, millions of American citizens are grateful for what you
have done. You believe in America and America believes in you.
(Applause.)
It is our tremendous honor to be here today with you. Keep doing what
you're doing. You're making a huge difference in the peace and
security and freedom in this world. May God bless you. May God bless
your families. And may God continue to bless America. Thank you.
(Applause.)
(end text)
(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S.
Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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