Wolfowitz Links Iraq to Terror War
NEW YORK (AP) _ Continuing a push by the Bush administration to bolster support for a possible war against Iraq, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said Thursday that disarming Saddam Hussein is ``a crucial part of winning the war on terror.″
In an address to the Council on Foreign Relations, Wolfowitz, one of the foremost hawks in the Bush administration, said the decision of whether to use force is not up to President Bush or the United Nations.
``The decision rests entirely with Saddam Hussein,″ Wolfowitz said. ``So far, he has not made the fundamental decision to disarm and, unless he does, the threat posed by his weapons programs will remain with us and, indeed, it will grow.″
Because terrorists are seeking weapons of mass destruction, Wolfowitz said, Iraq’s weaponry is intrinsically tied to the threat of terrorism.
``Disarming Iraq of its chemical and biological weapons and dismantling its nuclear weapons is a crucial part of winning the war on terror,″ he told the nonpartisan think tank.
His speech was the latest attempt in a Bush administration effort to prop up support for its Iraq policy internationally and at home.
Support for military action has shown signs of fraying in recent days; France has hinted at a veto if the United States tries to push a war resolution through the U.N. Security Council.