- The Washington Times - Monday, January 9, 2006

Statement by the president, Nov. 15, 1998:

President Clinton: Last night Iraq agreed to meet the demands of the international community to cooperate fully with the United Nations weapons inspectors. Iraq committed to unconditional compliance… Now, let me be clear: Iraq has backed down, but that is not enough. Now Iraq must live up to its obligations… This crisis also demonstrates… that Saddam Hussein remains an impediment to the well-being of his people and a threat to the peace of his region and the security of the world… However, over the long-term the best way to address that threat is through a government in Baghdad — a new government — that is committed to represent and respect its people, not repress them; that is committed to peace in the region… Let me say again, what we want and what we will work for is a government in Iraq that represents and respects its people, not represses them, and one committed to live in peace with its neighbors.

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