The President's Ultimatum

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photoPresident Bush addressed the nation on Iraq, giving Saddam Hussein and his sons 48 hours to leave the country or face invasion. Click the "Listen" link above to hear Bush's speech and expert analysis from On Point's guests, William Kristol, Tad Oelstrom and Stephen Van Evera.

President Bush gave his warning to Saddam Hussein and urged U.N. weapons inspectors and journalists to leave Iraq immediately. He urged Iraqi soldiers not to fight and said that if Iraqi soldiers were to commit war crimes they would face war crimes tribunals.

In his justification for U.S. action in Iraq, President Bush said "we are now acting because the risks of inaction would be far greater. In one year, or five years, the power of Iraq to inflict harm on all free nations would be multiplied many times over."

(See links at left for a full transcript of President Bush's address.)


William Kristol, Editor of the Weekly Standard magazine, Political Analyst and author of the new book "The War Over Iraq"

Retired Air Force General Tad Oelstrom, Director of the National Security Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University

Stephen Van Evera, Professor of Political Science at MIT

Jack Beatty, On Point News Analyst and Senior Editor at the Atlantic Monthly magazine.

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst, senior editor at The Atlantic Monthly magazine;

This program aired on March 17, 2003.


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