Clinton says Iraq poses 'clear and present danger'

from CBC.ca archives | Wed, 16 Dec 1998

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Bill Clinton ordered a military strike against Iraq to keep Saddam Hussein from threatening his neighbours and the security of the world.

Clinton said the worsening situation in Iraq posed "a clear and present danger" to the stability of the Persian Gulf region, to American interests and to the world.

Speaking from the Oval Office at the White House, Clinton said he received unanimous support from his military advisers for the attack, which began soon after midnight Iraqi time.

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