MARCH 6, 2003
for Public Accuracy
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020, (202) 421-6858; or
David Zupan, (541) 484-9167
Tough Questions for Bush on Iraq Tonight
- March 6 -
Has the National Security Agency, as the Observer in
Britain recently reported, been spying on delegates from various
countries at the UN? Is the U.S. bribing and threatening other
You have said that this invasion of Iraq would be "moral,"
yet the national board of your own denomination, the United
Methodists, has said: "It is inconceivable that Jesus Christ
... would support this proposed attack." How do you respond
Considering that the U.S. government has based its case for
war against Iraq on a non-existent IAEA report, a plagiarized
dossier, non-existent Iraq-Al'Qaida link, and twisting of the
words of Saddam's late son-in-law Hussein Kamel (see the March
3 Newsweek for background information), what evidence
can you offer to support your claim that Iraq represents a threat
to the world today?
Doesn't your push towards war actually foster resentment against
the U.S. and place American lives at risk?
Do you have an estimate of how many Iraqis would be killed
in an invasion?
If Iraq disarms, will you allow the lifting of the economic
sanctions on that nation?
Does Israel possess nuclear weapons? Is Israel in violation
of UN Security Council resolutions? How much money do we send
to Israel each year?
Why won't you give the American people an estimate of the
full financial costs of this invasion?
National Review online today reports that some Democrats
are considering introducing articles of impeachment against
you. What is your comment?
Both you and Vice President Cheney were oil men; Condoleezza
Rice even had an oil tanker named after her. Iraq has the second-largest
oil reserves with very low drilling costs. Are we really to
believe that this conflict with Iraq has nothing to do with
You have said that you want democracy in the Mideast, but
the vast majority of the people in Turkey, the region, and indeed
the world are opposed to your policies. Isn't there a contradiction
between saying you're for democracy and advancing policies that
relatively few people seem to want?
Why do you claim Iraq threatens its neighbors while its neighbors
assert the contrary?
Donald Rumsfeld was helping to normalize relations with Saddam
Hussein, shaking his hand in the mid-'80s. Have you discussed
this with Rumsfeld?
The U.S. government has stated its intention to avoid civilian
casualties while the Pentagon stated there will be "no
safe place in Baghdad." How do you reconcile these claims?
At the same time that you have made demands on Iraq, your
administration has undermined various arms control agreements,
such as the Biological Weapons Convention and the ABM treaty.
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