The United States of America Should Invade Iraq

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I would like to discuss a grave threat to peace, and America's determination to lead the world in confronting this threat. The threat comes from Iraq. It arises directly from the Iraqi regime's own actions, its history of aggression, and its drive toward an arsenal of terror. Eleven years ago, as a condition for ending the Persian Gulf War, the Iraqi regime was required to destroy its weapons of mass destruction, to cease all development of such weapons, and to stop all support for terrorist groups. The Iraqi regime has violated all of those obligations. It possesses and produces chemical and biological weapons. It is seeking nuclear weapons. It has given shelter and support to terrorism, and practices terror against its own people. The entire world has witnessed Iraq's eleven-year history of defiance, deception and bad faith. We also must never forget the most vivid events of recent history.

On September the 11th, 2001, America felt its vulnerability, even to threats that gather on the other side of the earth. We resolved then, and we are resolved today, to confront every threat, from any source, that could bring sudden terror and suffering to America. The United States should invade Iraq to help them build a new democracy, eliminate the weapons of mass destruction that they have, and that Iraq didn't pursue its treaty that it made with the UN to get rid of all its weapons of mass destruction.

The United States should invade Iraq and help them build a new democracy. If, in Iraq, after the US took temporary charge of the country following our invasion, we then helped for several years, and for perhaps as many as ten, to build a successful constitutional, secular, democracy. Then, we will historically demonstrate to all fifty-seven Islamic civilization's that a...