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  1. Turn on the news...Bush is making a speech about taking action against Iraq!
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  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    He says "the game is over" And, quite succinctly, he said it all in the last 4 words:

    "We will stop him" (Saddam)

    About sums up what we can expect (as if there were any doubt) ...here we go.......
  4. by   fab4fan
  5. by   debyan
    He sure did, I guess that line he drew in the sand got crossed over 1 to many times. deb
  6. by   sunnygirl272
    BREAKING NEWS President Bush says Saddam authorized commanders to use chemical weapons and the U.S. "will not wait" for Iraq to unleash such attacks. Details soon.
  7. by   TNcanNURSE
    My hubby's best friend left today for TURKEY. He was in the army and he is now the reserves. I can't help but worry about what they have in store for us. We are not even in war yet, but already they seem to have most of the guard overseas. Not to mention the talk about reinstating the draft.:stone
  8. by   debyan
    My God son is already over there, left 2 wks ago. I remember when he was a toddler . God this makes my eyes all misty. deb
  9. by   sunnygirl272
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush Thursday challenged the United Nations to back its words with actions in the face what he labelled Iraqi defiance and mockery of the U.N. resolution calling for it to disarm.

    The day after Secretary of State Colin Powell's presentation to the U.N. Security Council cataloguing what the U.S. calls a sustained attempt by Iraq to evade and deceive U.N. weapons inspectors, Bush repeated many of the charges Powell made linking Iraq to terrorist groups and possessing weapons of mass destruction.

    "The Iraqi regime's violations of Security Council resolutions are apparent and are continuing to this hour," Bush said in a televised statement from the White House.

    Bush said if the United Nations was not prepared to act, the United States would act at the head of a coalition of countries to disarm Iraq.

    "Now the Security Council will show if its words have any meaning, " Bush said

    Earlier White House press secretary Ari Fleischer said the White House hopes to use the momentum from Powell's presentation to build diplomatic support for military action against Iraq.

    Powell used satellite photos and communications intercepts to demonstrate Iraq continues to pursue nuclear, chemical and biological weapons despite U.N. resolutions requiring it to disarm. (Full story)

    Thursday was a day of numerous developments:

    * Powell continued to make the White House case against Iraq at a hearing Thursday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He said he expected the standoff with Saddam Hussein's regime would be "reaching an endgame in a matter of weeks." (Full story)

    * Senate Committee members praised Powell's U.N. presentation at Thursday's hearing, but Sen. Joseph Biden, the panel's leading Democrat, questioned why U.S. warplanes have not bombed a camp in northern Iraq run by a group U.S. officials say is linked to the al Qaeda terrorist network. Powell said in his Wednesday presentation the group was making ricin and other poisons there. Powell said he did not want to discuss possible military actions in an open session.

    * Iraqi scientific adviser Gen. Amer al-Sa'adi dismissed the U.S. allegations Thursday and said Iraq would send a detailed letter to the Security Council to refute Powell's claims. (More Iraqi reaction)

    * The 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, received deployment orders Thursday assigning it to the U.S. Central Command, which oversees operations in Iraq.

    * Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was expected to sign orders Thursday alerting aircraft carriers USS Kitty Hawk and the USS Nimitz to be prepared to deploy to the Middle East on short notice. (Full story)

    * In Ankara, the Turkish parliament agreed to allow the United States to upgrade some of its bases and ports. It is scheduled to vote February 18 on another measure that would allow U.S. troops to use the bases as a northern front in a possible war. (Full story)

    * In a diplomatic move designed to put pressure on France, Germany and Belgium to commit to protecting fellow NATO member Turkey in the event of a U.S.-led war on Iraq, NATO Secretary General George Robertson set a Monday morning deadline for NATO's 19 allies to formally hand military planners a list of defensive tasks. (Full story)

    * Chief U.N. weapons inspectors Hans Blix and Mohamed ElBaradei met with British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Thursday before heading to Baghdad this weekend. Blix and ElBaradei are due to report back to the Security Council on February 14. (Full story)

    * Inspectors visited numerous sites in Iraq on Thursday, including the Ibn Haytham missile research center, which Powell mentioned in his speech as an example of Iraq's failure to cooperate with the inspections. (Full story)

  10. by   ShandyLynnRN
    Ok, I'm confused. How is this any different than what Bush has been saying for months? I know it is inevitable that we will go to war, but has he actually declared it?
  11. by   TNcanNURSE
    Originally posted by ShandyLynnRN
    Ok, I'm confused. How is this any different than what Bush has been saying for months? I know it is inevitable that we will go to war, but has he actually declared it?
    I don't think it is official yet. I asked my husband's friend what was going on and he said that he won't know until he is on his way what they have planned.
  12. by   fab4fan
    Why is it that the US seems less concerned about North Korea, which has nuclear capability and is just itching to launch a first strike? Their announcement today seemed to cause barely a whimper.

    If someone could explain this without flaming or condescension, it would really interest me. Seems to me they are far more an imminent threat than Iraq. Please, no flames, I'm just wondering.
  13. by   llg
    That's a good question that I would like the answer to as well. The best response I can think of is that North Korea seems to be wanting to have more dialog with the West and to engage in trade, etc. I think that maybe the Bush administration feels that there is more hope for a negotiated settlement there. The other countries of the Far East have been interested in modernization, education, etc. and I think Bush holds out hope that North Korea may want to join them in the long run.

    I think he does not have that hope for Iraq because so many of it's neighbors support what it is doing and the culture of the entire region (not just the one country) is "the problem."

    Not that that justifies the upcoming war on Iraq -- just that it might explain how the 2 nations appear different through Bush's eyes.

  14. by   Q.
    I think he does not have that hope for Iraq because so many of it's neighbors support what it is doing and the culture of the entire region (not just the one country) is "the problem."
    This is what I'm leaning towards as well. With the exception of Kuwait and Isreal, Iraq has it's neighboring support. North Korea doesn't seem to have that much of a regional hold (yet).

    I also think that right now, Iraq is able to be deterred, and I think Bush wants to at least prevent another North Korea from coming out of nowhere. Unfortunately, with North Korea, we learned the hard way. Now we can't leave the proverbial bargaining table, as they have nuclear weapons. With Iraq, we can hopefully prevent ourselves from being in that position again.