WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- President George W. Bush will brand Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein an "outlaw" when he addresses the United Nations Thursday, the White House said Tuesday.
Bush will also challenge the international community to act decisively to end more than a decade of defiance by Iraq that poses a serious threat to regional and world peace, according to a senior administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The official said that General Assembly delegates would get plain talk from the president, including a roll call of U.N. resolutions and mandates that Iraq has defied since losing "an aggressive war" in 1991.
The president, the official said, would speak of defiance, of cruelty by Saddam to his own people, of violation of sanctions, of failing to disarm and of active efforts to boost Iraq's weapons of mass destruction capabilities.
"What more does the world need to know?" the official asked.
"The Saddam Hussein regime is not a problem of the United States ... for the government of Britain ... but for peace and stability because of defying resolutions it signed onto after losing a war of aggression.
The international community, including the United States, is being challenged, the official said, and "the only option we don't have is to do nothing" to overcome a festering problem.
Bush for weeks has been sounding the alarm over Iraq and its chemical, biological and nuclear weapons programs, warning that the United States could take pre-emptive military action.
The reaction, however, has either been expressions of concern and calls for caution, or outright dissent. Only British Prime Minister Tony Blair, public opinion to the contrary, has stood with Bush.
In the past week, Bush has worked the telephones at the White House, asking foreign leaders to at least form a consensus for confronting Saddam if not ousting him through military action. Regime change in Iraq has been official U.S. policy since 1998 following a vote by Congress.
Among those called: the leaders of France, China and Russia -- all of which are permanent members of the U.N. Security Council -- Spain, the European Union, Egypt, Denmark, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
According to diplomatic sources, Bush told the current head of the EU, Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, that it was not the United States' "responsibility to define" who or what replaced Saddam.
Although Bush "expressed the view that any alternative is preferable" to Saddam, he said it would be the responsibility of the international community to decide on the governance of post-Saddam Iraq, the sources said.
Diplomatic teams will also follow up on Bush's calls in person in Paris, Moscow and Beijing.
The personal appeals have failed to generate the support the administration had hoped for in its "consultation" phase before deciding on how to act, but responses are beginning to show that other countries are acknowledging the need to take action.
"He's going to call on the United Nations to act, and then we're going to see how that will build," the official said.
"The fact is, we're getting an understanding that the United States is not prepared to let this stand, this decade of defiance, and the world is rallying around."
Bush continues to say he has not yet decided on a pre-emptive U.S. military strike.
Early this week, French President Jacques Chirac proposed that the United Nations issue a 3-week deadline for Iraq to readmit international arms inspectors and allow unfettered access to all sites they wanted to see before deciding on military action.
The United States, the official said, had no definitive proof of Saddam's link to al Qaida terrorists who attacked the United States a year ago, but added that he has a history of supporting terrorism. For example, the official said, Iraq gives money to the families of Hamas suicide bombers.
The nightmare, the official said, was a link between a regime such as Saddam's, the possession of technology and weapons and terrorism.
Following his speech Thursday, Bush was to meet with African leaders to discuss peace in their region, the fight against AIDS, and development issues. Talks were also scheduled with leaders of Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Japan over international and bilateral issues, the White House said.