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Bush Calls for War Coalition

Wednesday, 20 November 2002 12:00 AM

At a news conference with the Czech Republic's president, Vaclav Havel, at Prague Castle, Bush said, as he has in the past, that he hopes the Iraqi leader will choose to shed his weapons of mass destruction peacefully, but if military action became necessary, the United States would not proceed without "consulting our friends."

Seeming to follow his father's plan on the eve of the Gulf War in 1990, Bush said the United States will form a "coalition of the willing" and "all will be able to choose whether they want to participate." In 1990, the senior President Bush formed a coalition army of 500,000 men and women that invaded Iraq and liberated Kuwait. Several in NATO joined that coalition, including the United Kingdom and France.

In the brief news conference following a private meeting with Havel, Bush seemed to have shed the United-States-will-go-it-alone challenge that he has often stressed. He said that before the United States would take any steps, "they'll be plenty of consultation with our friends" and that nations like the Czech Republic and the Great Britain will be able to make their own decision as to whether to join in the attack.

Germany's Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has said he opposes military action against Iraq, but at Wednesday's news conference, Bush said the final decision would be up to the German people.

Havel, appearing wan and speaking hesitantly, said he hoped that final reports of the summit will reflect some collective view of what to do on Iraq. Havel is expected to step down shortly due to ill health.

Both Bush and Havel are supporting moves to expand and modernize NATO. The Bush administration has pressed a plan that NATO form a 21,000-person special operations force that could operate outside the traditional boundaries of Europe and be able to contend with the threat of world terrorism.

The U.S. president defended a remark he made about NATO supplying "niche" military skills instead of the heavy ground forces now only really maintained by the United States and Great Britain, by noting that the Czech Republic's expertise in defending against biological and chemical warfare attacks is a vital skill. He said they are the "best in the world."

Bush again pushed his hard attack on terrorism, calling the terrorists "cold-blooded killers" who hate the freedom of the Czech Republic and other nations and use a "hijacked religion" to justify their cause. He reiterated that the United States is not opposed to the Muslim faith.

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