Sep 12 2002

SENATOR SHELBY STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT BUSH’S SPEECH TO THE UNITED NATIONS

In response to President Bush’s address to the United Nations today, Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) today offered his thoughts on Iraq and his reaction to the President’s speech. Sen. Shelby said, “I believe that the President made a strong and clear case that Saddam must go. Not only is the intelligence there, but history is there as well. Saddam has used weapons of mass destruction, he continues to produce them, and is working hard to develop a nuclear weapon. He has attacked his neighbors, used every weapon at his disposal and consequently destabilized the entire region. He gives aid to terrorists and supports their violent aspirations.”

“Saddam has defied United Nations resolutions and made a mockery of the entire process. The President was exactly right when he said that the credibility of the UN was on the line. I support the President’s effort to work with the UN so long as it remains consistent with our long-term interest in peach and our immediate interest in security. The time for action is drawing near. The Untied States will do what it must. The question is now whether our friends and allies will meet their obligation and join with us.”