Highlights From Bush's Speech
The Associated Press
Oct. 08, 2002
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In his Monday evening address, President Bush argued that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein:
_Poses a danger to America that ``could be far more deadly'' than al-Qaida's attacks on New York and Washington, which Saddam's regime ``gleefully celebrated.''
_Could have a nuclear weapon in less than a year, although U.S. intelligence agencies issued a report on Friday estimating 2010. Bush cited satellite photos suggesting Iraq is rebuilding facilities at known nuclear sites.
_Has ballistic missiles that can reach Saudi Arabia, Israel and Turkey in a region where 135,000 American civilians and military personnel live.
_Has a growing fleet of aerial vehicles capable of spreading chemical and biological weapons, and is working on ways to have them reach the United States.
_Trained members of Osama bin Laden's terror network in bomb-making, poisons and gases, and gave medical treatment earlier this year to an unnamed ``very senior'' al-Qaida leader.
_Used billions of dollars in illegal oil revenue to buy weapons materiel in violation of United Nations sanctions.
_Has ordered the Iraqi military to fire on American and British pilots more than 750 times in the past year as they patrolled no-fly zones.
_Is a ``student of Stalin'' who has ordered political opponents decapitated and their wives and mothers raped as a method of intimidation, and has forced political prisoners to watch their children being tortured.
_Has produced thousands of tons of mustard gas and nerve gas, and is believed to maintain a stockpile of 60,000 to 120,000 liters of anthrax and other deadly biological agents.