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Bush Warns Iraq, Iran, North Korea

Tuesday, 29 January 2002 12:00 AM

"America will take the side of brave men and women who advocate these values around the world, including the Islamic world," the president told Congress, "because we have a greater objective than eliminating threats and containing resentment. We seek a just and peaceful world beyond the war on terror."

In a sometimes emotional address, to galleries filled with applauding guests including Hamid Karzai, chairman of the Afghan Interim Authority, and the American Airlines crew members who spotted attempted suicide bomber Richard Reid, Bush said "the State of our Union has never been stronger.

"As we gather tonight," he said, "our nation is at war, our economy is in recession and the civilized world faces unprecedented dangers," but in those excruciating stresses since Sept. 11, it has found new strength and new courage.

"I have been humbled and privileged to see the true character of this country in a time of testing."

The president set out new initiatives to meet the challenges of the war, homeland security and the economy.

He said American forces found maps of U.S. targets and diagrams of American nuclear power plants, public water facilities and "detailed instructions for making chemical weapons."

"Most of the 19 men who hijacked planes on Sept. 11 were trained in Afghanistan's camps," he said, "and so were tens of thousands of others. Thousands of dangerous killers, schooled in the methods of murder, often supported by outlaw regimes, are now spread throughout the world like ticking time bombs set to go off without warning."

Many of these terrorists are still at large, and Bush sketched efforts to snare terrorists and destroy their bases. He said U.S. troops are operating in the Philippines to assist its armed forces, patrolling with naval vessels off the horn of Africa to interdict terrorist commerce and weapons, and working in Bosnia to break up terrorist cells.

"In this moment of opportunity, a common danger is erasing old rivalries. America is working with Russia, China, and India in ways we never have before to achieve peace and prosperity."

Bush said he wanted to tap the outpouring by Americans to get involved in their country's defense, by recommending that every American young and old commit two years or 4,000 hours of volunteer time to the nation.

The work, he said, could be in any community activity, but the federal government would offer those who seek a way to serve a chance to join a USA Freedom Corps, which would include an expanded Americorps and Senior Corps and open chances to work as volunteers in homeland security. The president said he hoped 200,000 volunteers would be recruited.

"The way out of this recession, the way to create jobs, is to grow the economy by encouraging investment in factories and equipment, and by speeding up tax relief so people have more money to spend. For the sake of American workers, let's pass a stimulus package," he said in a clear message to Senate plurality Tom Daschle, D-S.D., who has obstructed action on the stimulus.

His budget, he said, will contain a $48 billion increase over last year's figure, and major increases in homeland security of $38 billion to "make America not only stronger but better."

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