In his address to world leaders, President Bush accused Saddam Hussein of constantly defying U.N. resolutions and the president called Hussein's refusal to allow weapons inspectors into his country a grave threat to world peace. In reflecting on the speech, retired Air Force General Clark Griffith says the president basically told the U-N to do its job. "You see bad things going on in the world you need to take care of those. We see that bad things are happening, it's a clear and present danger, we know that, they know that. There are rules that Saddam should have been following since 1991 that's he's not. The United Nations has got to make him do that," Griffith says.
The president told the world leaders if they don't act to stop Hussein, America will. But General Griffith says going in alone is never a good idea. "And he knows that better than anybody else and what's he attempting to do right now is to build this coalition of world support through the organization that really should be doing it."
Griffith says we don't need to waste time giving Hussein deadlines. He says, "Find out what we need to know and if the boy's clean, which I don't believe, then we can prove that. If he's not then something needs to be done." Even if that means, Griffith says, going to war with Iraq. "Clearly he's continued to build weapons of mass destruction. We've got to get him out of there and so we need to do it as a united nations or if we can't do it, he's such a danger we may need to do it alone."
Griffith describes Saddam Hussein as a madman who will do anything for power, and we need to do whatever it takes to stop him.