Graham Statement On Iraq
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today said he agreed with President Bush on the need to remove Saddam Hussein from power. Graham is a member of the Armed Services Committee in the U.S. Senate. He made the following statement:
"I believe the President's speech last night brought conclusion to a matter that has cried out for resolution.
"The President correctly determined that Saddam Hussein will never part with his weapons of mass destruction voluntarily. The President also correctly determined that the UN Security Council is never going to enforce the 17 prior resolutions.
"It is in our national security interest to bring about a regime change in Iraq. A post-Saddam world will be a better world for America and everyone else.
"The only way to avoid war is for Saddam to voluntarily leave the country with his governing machine. I seriously doubt that will happen.
"Iraq is an eminent threat in the sense Saddam Hussein's regime is lying about possessing weapons of mass destruction. In 1998, when he kicked out the weapons inspectors, we know he had a ton and a half of VX nerve agent, artillery shells full of mustard gas, and liters of anthrax. There is no proof those materials have been destroyed.
"The President's decision to disarm Saddam without United Nations approval is the correct decision for our national security interests.
"In the next couple of days, an international coalition led by the United States will disarm Saddam by force. I understand some Americans do not approve of this action, but I fully support the President's view that Saddam Hussein is an immediate threat to our nation.
"I hope everyone in South Carolina says a prayer for our men and women in uniform. They are probably only hours away from combat to protect our freedom."