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Old 03-17-2003, 10:21 AM
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03/17 10:06A (DJ)+DJ UK Envoy: Have To Conclude No Council Consensus
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UNITED NATIONS (AP)--The U.S., Britain and Spain withdrew their resolution
dealing with Iraq on Monday, abandoning efforts to win U.N. backing for a war.
British Ambassador Jeremy Greenstock blamed France for threatening to veto
the resolution, which would have given Iraq an ultimatum to disarm by Monday
or face military action.
"We have had to conclude that council consensus will not be possible,"
Greenstock said, flanked by U.S. Ambassador John Negroponte.
Negroponte said he thought the vote would have "been close."
"We regret that in the face of an explicit threat to veto, the vote-counting
became a secondary consideration," Negroponte said.
Moments later, French ambassador Jean-Marc de La Sabliere said that in
one-on-one consultations in the past hours "the majority of the council
confirmed they do not want a use of force."
The dramatic announcements at the U.N., ahead of closed-door talks on the
Iraq crisis, came less than 24 hours after President George W. Bush declared
that Monday would be the last day for diplomacy.

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No more negotiating with the French, Russians and Germans, President Bush will speak tonight and I expect the war will have started before he goes on the air.

God be with all our fighting men and women.

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Let's all pray for our troops and hope this ends as quick as possible.

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Time for talk has long passed. We are all going to have to be extra vigilant here on the home front though.
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After a 12 year window of oppourtunity and nearly four and a half months since the UN council unanimously adopted 1441 which found Iraq in material breach, it's about time. History clearly shows that compliance is not one of their priorities.
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Let's pray that this is the right decision and not too many of our soldiers come home hurt (or worse)...
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WE ALSO NEED TO LOOK OUT FOR ACTS OF TERRORISM AGAINST US AFTER THE WAR STARTS. LET'S ALL TRY TO BE MORE AWARE OF OUR SURROUNDINGS.

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Lets get it DONE! Get in, Get him out, and Get home!!!God willing it will be a short stay....
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I am glad we are finally moving forward. Best wishes to our men and women fighting for our freedom and the safety of the world!
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THE WHITE HOUSE scheduled the address for 8 p.m. ET after U.S. and British diplomats announced at the United Nations that there would not be a vote on their resolution to give Saddam an ultimatum or face war.
“He will say that to avoid military conflict Saddam Hussein must leave the country,” spokesman Ari Fleischer said.
On Sunday, the president and his allies from Britain and Spain announced that they would give the United Nations one day to resolve the diplomatic dispute.
But shortly after the Security Council met on Monday, Fleischer said: “The diplomatic window has closed as a result of the U.N.’s failure to enforce it’s own resolutions for Saddam to disarm.”
He declined to say whether Saddam would be given a deadline. “I will not get into any discussions about when military hostilities may or may not begin,” he said.
At the United Nations, John Negroponte, the U.S. ambassador to the world body, told reporters, “It has been nearly 4˝ months since the council unanimously adopted (Resolution) 1441, which found Iraq in material breach and gave it a final opportunity to disarm. The government of Iraq has clearly failed to comply.”

Fleischer’s call for Saddam’s exile echoed Bush’s words Sunday at a news conference in the Azores. Speaking of Saddam, the president said, “He got to decide whether he’s going to disarm, and he didn’t. He can decide whether he wants to leave the country.”
Fleischer said U.S. officials were reviewing whether to raise the national terror alert.
In Baghdad, Saddam was quoted by state television telling a diplomat from Tunisia that his government no longer possessed weapons of mass destruction although it did have them in the past.
It appeared, however, that his declaration would have little effect on the United States, which has been preparing the world for a war to disarm the Iraqi leader
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