Cheney defends Bush's Iraqi poli

Oct. 10, 2003 at 3:00 PM
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Vice President Friday defended President Bush's Iraqi policy, saying it was the only way to rid the world of Saddam Hussein and his murderous regime.

Speaking to the conservative think tank Heritage Foundation in Washington, Cheney said if Saddam Hussein were in power today there would still be active terror camps in Iraq.

He said: "The regime would still be allowing terrorist leaders into the country, and this ally of terrorists would still have a hidden biological weapons program capable of producing deadly agents on short notice."

Cheney said in such a situation, the United States would be facing the prospect "of the Iraqi dictator providing weapons of mass destruction, or the means to make them, to terrorists for the purpose of attacking America."

As a result of Bush's action, Cheney said America does not face such a prospect. There may still be terrorists in Iraq but there is not dictator to protect them, he said.

"Terrorists have gathered in that country and there they will be defeated," he said. "We are fighting this evil in Iraq so we do not have to fight it on the streets of our own cities."

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