- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 3, 2006

Remarks by the president at Arlington National Cemetery Veterans Day ceremony, Nov. 11, 1998:

President Clinton: But if the inspectors are not permitted to visit suspect sites or monitor compliance at known production facilities, [Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction] may as well be in Baltimore, not Baghdad. That would open a window of opportunity for Iraq to rebuild its arsenal of weapons and delivery systems in months — I say again, in months — not years. A failure to respond could embolden Saddam Hussein to act recklessly, signalling to him that he can with impunity develop these weapons of mass destruction or threaten his neighbors, and this is very important in an age when we look forward to weapons of mass destruction being a significant threat to civilized people everywhere. And it would permanently damage the credibility of the United Nations Security Council to act as a force for promoting international peace and security. We continue to hope, indeed pray, that Saddam will comply, but we must be prepared to act if he does not. (Applause.)

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