March 12, 2002 |
Vice President Dick Cheney moved Monday to quiet British critics of possible military action against Iraq, as he set out on his first overseas trip as vice president, a 12-nation journey to round up support for the next phase in the war against terrorism. Cheney, in a luncheon with Prime Minister Tony Blair, heard no open discussion of reluctance to expand the war to encompass Iraq.
March 10, 2002 |
Vice President Dick Cheney's ambitious 11-nation swing through the Middle East, which begins today, has as one of its critical goals lining up a consensus on what to do about Iraq. But that doesn't mean the United States will launch an operation to oust the regime of President Saddam Hussein any time soon. The deeper the Bush administration gets into sorting through the options, the more daunting the obstacles appear, U.S. officials concede.
March 7, 2002 |
In a scene reminiscent of Adlai Stevenson displaying aerial images of Soviet bases during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, U.S. officials Wednesday gave diplomats here a high-tech slide show of satellite photos that the U.S. says prove Iraq has illegally converted recently imported trucks to weapons carriers. The unusual U.S. intelligence presentation was staged on the eve of the first high-level talks between Iraqi and U.N. officials in almost two years.
February 14, 2002 |
President Bush issued an ominous warning to Saddam Hussein on Wednesday, saying the Iraqi president "needs to understand I am serious" about launching preemptive strikes beyond Afghanistan to eliminate terrorist threats against the United States. "Make no mistake about it: If we need to, we will take necessary action to defend the American people," Bush said in reply to a reporter's question about his intentions toward Iraq. "I will reserve whatever options I have."
February 10, 2002 |
After a year of internal divisions and military diversions, serious planning is underway within the Bush administration for a campaign against Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. The administration expects to complete a long-delayed Iraq policy review by the time Vice President Dick Cheney makes his nine-nation Mideast tour next month, so that he can outline American plans to Arab leaders, according to senior U.S. officials. Any denouement in Iraq is still a long way off, the officials insist.
November 27, 2001 |
President Bush said Monday that Iraq and other nations that develop weapons of mass destruction "will be held accountable," his strongest warning yet that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein could be the next target in the war against terrorism. Although Bush stopped short of threatening military action, he said Hussein would learn the consequences if he continues to block United Nations weapons inspectors from entering Iraq. "Hussein . . .