Earlier today, I ordered America's armed forces to strike
military and security targets in Iraq. They are joined by
British forces. Their mission is to attack Iraq's nuclear,
chemical and biological weapons programs and its military
capacity to threaten its neighbors.
Their purpose is to protect the national interest of the United
States, and indeed the interests of people throughout the Middle
East and around the world.
Saddam Hussein must not be allowed to threaten his neighbors or
the world with nuclear arms, poison gas or biological weapons.
I want to explain why I have decided, with the unanimous
recommendation of my national security team, to use force in