President Bush said Thursday night that he will insist on a vote in the U.N. Security Council on a final resolution on Iraq, saying that the members of the international body must "show their cards" on how to proceed against the defiant nation and its leader Saddam Hussein.
"No matter what the whip count is, we're calling for the vote," Bush said, referring to the industry term for counting support and opposition. "We want to see people stand up and say what their opinion is about Saddam Hussein and the utility of the United Nations Security Council.
"It's time for people to show their cards, to let the world know where they stand when it comes to Saddam."
The president added that even if the Security Council votes against the resolution and the United States and its allies act without the U.N.'s blessing, he doesn't think it demonstrates a show of defiance against the international body.
Bush prime time push: Time for war, or wait some more?
A sample of your responses:
It's past time for war. G.W. has been bending over backwards to appease world opinion while Saddam has been given more time to "set up" for our boys . He knows we are coming because he has no intention of complying .Every day that this is delayed the odds increase that it will take more American lives to get the job done.
I am of the opinion that we should, "wait for more," in order to give Teddy Kennedy, who appears to have recently developed a compassion for human life, to go to Baghdad and volunteer as a, ' Human Shield.' He certainly hasn't shown any compassion for our commander and chief.
We need to stand behind our president. Sadam Hussan wants us to be a divided Nation. We have to stand United. We have the best in our Military and top notch missiles and weaponry. So let's get on the band wagon and go kick Sadam's butt!
It is time for war, when our president SAYS it's time for war! President Bush has surrounded himself with Brilliant Men, who's job it is to advise, therefore, when President Bush say's "Go", I believe it's because He KNOWS the time has come, and our Troops are Ready.
Wills Point, TX
It is time to oust Iraq's leader and free the Iraqi people.
I want to say wait because the idea of war is extremely frightening. But Hussein HAS had 12 years and has just thumbed his nose at the world. So it would seem HE'S the one who's looking for a fight. Brian and Bill O., you guys are right when it comes to Garofolo (sophomoric idiot)...she should hit the door and don't let it hit her in the butt!
I think that historically, most wars have begun with an inciting event... Pearl Harbor, Ferdinand's Assassination, Gulf of Tonkin, etc. However, Bush declares last night that the rules have now changed. If we wait for an inciting event to attack Iraq, it may be too late. He is right. So now, we must trust our President as his faith and wisdom guide him.
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