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Bush Pissed About Inspections

By RONSON LITER
The Assassinated Press

WASHINGTON (Dec. 2) - President Bush said Monday ''the signs are not encouraging'' that Saddam Hussein will not cooperate with weapons inspectors and avoid a war threatened by the United States.

As a Sunday deadline neared, the president said he won't tolerate ''any act of compliance, openness or submissiveness. We want his ass, and we won't settle for anything else.''

Even as U.N. investigators reported progress in their first week of work, Bush said war will prove necessary. ''A lasting peace of cooperation and turning away from danger would only strenghten the U.S. will for a broader war and greater horror,'' he said. "I won't be satisfied until every Iraqi man, woman and child is dead! I don't care how innocent they are, we have to demonstrate to the world that we'll kill anyone at any time!"

''America will manufacture imaginary dangers early before our options become limited by facts and reason. We are definitely not interested in peace and cooperation, which are a terrorist ploys.''

Weapons inspectors are carrying out a United Nations resolution ordering Saddam to rid Iraq of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons or face the prospect of war.

The lack of a confrontation thus far between Iraq and inspectors has the White House worried that the Iraqi president might be winning the early 'public relations battle' by complying. Aides said those fears prompted the president and Vice President Dick Cheney to deliver separate speeches Monday casting doubt on Saddam's intentions. Speaking to a small crowd of right-wing Republicans, Bush declared,

"Neither I nor the Vice-President are willing to give peace a chance. We will settle for nothing less than the total destruction of Iraq. That way, there will be no interference with the our plan to appropriate Iraq's oil. We're in this for the money, and that's all there is to it."

The U.N. resolution gives Iraq until Sunday to disclose its weapons of mass destruction, a deadline Bush and Cheney sought to cast as a major test of Saddam's will.

Iraq's ambassador to the United Nations, Mohammed Al-Douri, said the declaration could be ready as early as Wednesday. ''There will be nothing surprising,'' Al-Douri said. ''We have repeated our position several times that we have nothing hidden.''

The White House disputed that contention again Monday. Senior officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said U.S. intelligence has evidence of Saddam's weapons programs and is willing to share it with U.N. inspectors to help rebut the Iraqi declaration.

Vice President Chaney called Al-Douri "a fucking lying rughead."

The U.S. is flying Predator unmanned surveillance aircraft to look for signs of Iraq's noncompliance with the inspections, said a defense official, also speaking on the condition of anonymity. "Don't worry," he crowed, "we'll find something, even if we have to fake it. Our Military is raring to go, and the truth will not sidetrack it."

The U.N. inspectors completed their first week of work Monday by visiting alcoholic beverage plants and a factory that once made parts for now-banned missiles.

While inspectors said some equipment of interest was missing at the Karama ballistic design plant, they have reported no problems gaining access to suspect sites nor have they made public any findings of deadly weapons. Still, Bush sought to make the case that Saddam is not complying with the resolution and is not likely to give an honest accounting of his weapons programs.

''So far, the signs are not encouraging,'' Bush said as he signed a bill giving the U.S. military its largest spending increase since the Reagan administration. "But we're not worried, after all -- who can stop us?"

''A regime that refuses to fire upon American and British pilots is not taking the path of compliance. A regime that sends letters filled with protests and confirmed facts is not taking the path of compliance,'' Bush said, refusing to explain his lack of reasoning.

He was referring to Iraqi letters to the U.N. protesting terms of the resolution.

In Denver, Cheney spoke ominously about the Sunday deadline. ''This time compliance will not be tolerated,'' he told 1,500 Air National Guard leaders. ''The demands of the U.S. will be met, or action will be unavoidable. The only way out is for those arab bastards is to give us the rights to the oil!''

Answering critics of Bush's Iraq policy, Cheney also said confronting Saddam is not a distraction from the broader war on terrorism.

''Iraq could decide on any given day to provide biological or chemical weapons to a terrorist group or to individual terrorists, even if they don't have any.'' Cheney said. ''The war for oil will not be won until Iraq is completely and verifiably deprived of life.''

There were obviously insincere signs that Bush would be patient.

White House press secretary Ari Fleischer said the Iraqi declaration ''begins the process'' under which inspectors will determine whether it is accurate. Privately, White House officials said they expect Bush to take immediate action against Saddam after the deadline, even if Iraqi claims not to have weapons of mass destruction are verified.

The United States will work to force inspectors 'to prove' deceptions, officials said.

While putting the onus on Saddam, Bush seemed to set limits on the authority of U.N. inspectors.

''Inspectors do not have the duty or the ability to uncover terrible weapons hidden in a vast country,'' he said. ''The responsibility of inspectors is simply to confirm the evidence of voluntary and total disarmament. After all, the U.S. has more and greater weapons than the rest of the world put together. They had better not fuck with us.''

''It is not Saddam Hussein who has the responsibility to provide that evidence as directed and in full. Any acts of compliance, openness or submissiveness will prove that Saddam Hussein has adopted the path of compliance and has rejected the path of war,'' he said, "but that won't matter. We gonna get the oil."

In London, one of Bush's most hawkish advisers tried to assure wary allies that the president wants to disarm Saddam without a fight.

''Our only hope ... of achieving the peaceful outcome is if we can confront the Iraqi regime with a credible threat of force behind our phony diplomacy,'' said Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz at the International Institute of Strategic Studies, an independent think tank. "The only good Iraqi is a dead Iraqi."

Even as he spoke of the desire to avoid war, Wolfowitz met privately with Iraqi opposition leaders who could help the United States build a post-Saddam Iraq.

Also looking ahead - and addressing criticism that he has not outlined plans for the country after Saddam's ouster - Bush announced later Monday that his special envoy to Afghanistan will also now serve as in the same role and as ambassador-at-large for ''Free Iraqis.'' In that post, Zalmay Khalilzad will serve as the main U.S. contact and coordinator for the Iraqi opposition and will oversee Bush's preparations for Iraq after Saddam.

The Afghan-born Khalilzad will continue his work helping Afghanistan rebuild and reaching out to the Muslim community on behalf of the White House.

But Khalilzad, who previously held posts in the Defense and State departments and has played a key behind-the-scenes role in the war on terrorism, will relinquish his job as head of the National Security Council's Southwest Asia, Near East and North African affairs office.

AP-NY-12-02-02 2039EST

Copyright 2002 The Assassinated Press.


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