Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Pelosi Statement on Secretary Powell Speech at UN

February 5, 2003

Washington, D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement today following a speech on Iraq by Secretary of State Colin Powell at the United Nations:

"The case for disarming Saddam Hussein is strong and well known, and Secretary Powell reiterated that case today. We all share the goal of eliminating weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and in other countries around the world.

"The question is whether war now is the only way to rid Iraq of these deadly weapons. I do not believe it is. Before going to war, we must exhaust all alternatives, such as the continuation of inspections, diplomacy and the leverage provided by the threat of military action.

"Any decision about going to war against Iraq must reflect the fact that the clear and present danger to our national security is terrorism. The presence of al Qaeda operatives in Iraq and in so many countries in the Middle East and the rest of the world is troubling. It is a reminder of the danger of losing the focus of the war on terrorism and the support of the international coalition with which it has been conducted. Any action taken against Iraq must not jeopardize that coalition."


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