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Washington File

16 June 2003

Bush Defends His Decision to Use Military Force in Iraq

(White House Report: Bush speech in New Jersey) (270)
President Bush June 16 branded as "revisionist historians" those who
now criticize his decision to use military force to oust Saddam
Hussein from power.
"This nation acted to a threat from the dictator of Iraq. Now there
are some who would like to rewrite history; revisionist historians is
what I like to call them," the president said in a speech to small
business owners in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
Bush stopped in New Jersey on his way back to Washington after a long
family weekend in Kennebunkport, Maine.
"Saddam Hussein was a threat to America and the free world in '91, in
'98, in 2003. He continually ignored the demands of the free world, so
the United States and friends and allies acted," Bush said.
"And this is for certain: Saddam Hussein is no longer a threat to the
United States and our friends and allies."
"[O]ne of the biggest challenges is to make sure that we continue to
fight and win the war on terror," Bush said. "We're cooperating with
our friends and allies, we're sharing intelligence, we're running down
their [terrorist] money trails. ... This government will use whatever
technologies and skill is necessary to secure America by hunting down
those who would harm us, one person at a time. It is a charge we have
been given and it is a charge we will keep."
In his remarks, Bush also discussed his economic policies, and touted
new tax breaks meant to spur businesses to invest in equipment.
(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S.
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