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Our President Is Working to Defend and Protect The American People

Location: Washington, DC

Our President Is Working to Defend and Protect The American People -- (House of Representatives - March 18, 2004)

(Mr. GARRETT of New Jersey asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)

Mr. GARRETT of New Jersey. Mr. Speaker, when in power, Saddam Hussein posed a grave and great danger to the Iraqi people, the region's stability, and the worldwide community. He ruled by oppression, deception, and fear; and the President's decision to go to war with Iraq was the right one, and the world is safer and better off without Saddam Hussein in power.

For 12 years, Saddam Hussein used tactics of denial, distortion, and delay to prevent the world from enforcing the 1991 cease-fire agreement that ended the Persian Gulf War and numerous other U.N. Security Council resolutions demanding complete disarmament. It proves Saddam Hussein's stance against a peaceful resolve in the region.

Now, while some skeptics continue to suggest that military action in Iraq was wrong, their answer never is that Iraqis or the world would be better off left with him in power.

Mr. Speaker, I stand here today in support of the President and his decisions, for I know his one overriding responsibility is to protect and defend the American people, and our President is working to do just that.

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