President Bush speaking before the United Nations

President Bush's UN Speech

September 12, 2002


After months of open expressions of contempt for international law and disregard for the opinions of other nations (allies and enemies alike), President Bush spoke before the United Nations on September 12. In the hectoring tones of an annoyed parent scolding a fussy child, Bush explained that he would be happy to go to war with the endorsement of the Security Council but that he does not consider such endorsement necessary. The United Nations can have a role, the president conceded, but if it makes the wrong decision it will be "irrelevant."

Full Text of Speech (Sept 12, 2002)
Positive Reaction to Bush UN Speech by William M. Reilly, UPI
Iraq Dismisses Bush's UN Speech as "Pretext for Invasion" CRL (China Radio International)
Who is the Madman Here? Bush's UN Non-Sequiturs by Tom Gorman, Counterpunch
MADRE Factsheet (MADRE is an international women's human rights organization)
Bush's Iraq Fixation editorial, Daytona Beach News-Journal
Bush at the UN: The Charade Before the Crusade by David Corn, The Nation
Bush's United Nations Speech Unconvincing by Stephen Zunes, Common Dreams

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