February 23, 2005

Crapo: We Need to Support Troops,Protect National Security

Senator says UN actions are not taking a path with â??clear resolutionâ??

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo tonight praised President George W. Bushâ??s leadership in defending U.S. national security interests and called on Idahoans and Americans to â??support our troops and the right to defend ourselvesâ?? against the threat of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. Crapo said the Presidentâ??s points about these being the â??final days of decisionâ?? and that â??our peaceful efforts to disarm this regime have failed because this is not a peaceful regimeâ?? were on target in describing the situation with Iraq.Crapo said the President made a strong case when he said weapons of mass destruction in Iraq could find their way into the hands of terrorists, thus increasing the threat of terrorism against the U.S. In taking a break from the Budget Resolution debate on the Senate floor, Crapo had these comments regarding the Presidentâ??s address to the nation tonight:â??The President has made extensive efforts to work with an international coalition and the United Nations when it comes to the Iraqi threat. It is obvious now that the efforts at the United Nations are not coming to any clear resolution. It is time for a decision to be made.â??Although it is important to consult with the international community, the bottom line is when our national security interests are at stake, our Constitution states the President and the Congress are the ones that must make the decisions that are needed to protect our national security. The President has made it clear we need to act and has been patient in making his case. Now, it is time for Idahoans and Americans to come together to support our troops and our President in efforts to protect our national security.â??# # # FOR INTERESTED MEDIA: A radio actuality is available by calling 1-800-545-1267. Press 327 at any time during or after the greeting and instructions. If you encounter any difficulties with the system, please contact Susan Wheeler at the above number. You can also access the actuality through the Internet at www.senate.gov/src/radio/crapo.