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Utah Delegation Supports Bush on Iraq

Utah Delegation Supports Bush on Iraq


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(Washington-AP) -- Utah's congressional delegation supports the ultimatum issued by President Bush for Saddam Hussein to surrender power or face invasion.

Senator Bob Bennett said that nobody expects Hussein to relinquish power and it appears war is inevitable. He says that after a dozen years of Hussein abusing diplomacy to buy more time and skirt U-N. resolutions, the time for U-S action had come.

Representative Jim Matheson -- the sole Democrat in the Utah delegation -- said Saddam Hussein needs to be held accountable for violating the commitments he has made and for his transgressions of the past.

Senator Orrin Hatch said the president showed his conviction -- which Hatch said he shares -- that the United States will prevail, and the result will be a more stable region and a more secure America.

Representative Chris Cannon said "The president is absolutely right that the time has come for the United States and our allies to act."

Representative Rob Bishop said the ball always was and still is in Saddam's court. He said that even now the Iraqi leader could avert war by complying with the 48-hour deadline.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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