Bush: “No Imminent Plans” To Attack Iraq; Poll Shows Majority of Britons Against Military Strikes
U.S. President George W. Bush said he believed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction, adding that the United States had "no imminent plans" to attack.
"What I've told others, including President Fox, is we have no imminent plans to use military operations," Bush said in Monterrey on Friday after meeting with Mexican President Vicente Fox.
"We'll be deliberate. We'll consult with our friends and allies. But we'll deal with Saddam Hussein, and he knows that. We'd like to see a regime change in Iraq."
Meanwhile, approval for the way British Prime Minister Tony Blair and US President George W. Bush are handling the war against terrorism has dropped sharply since the end of 2001, according to an opinion poll published Friday in London.
The poll revealed the majority of Britons were against US military strikes on Iraq and against British involvement in such action.
According to The Irish Times, six months on from the September 11th attacks, Blair's approval rating stands at 52 per cent, compared with 71 per cent in November 2001 when the international coalition was riding high with the liberation of Kabul from the Taliban. President Bush's approval rating has seen a similar fall from 66 per cent in November to 50 per cent, the survey indicated.
A total of 35 per cent of people believed the US administration would be right to order military action against Saddam Hussein's regime, while 52 per cent were against such a move.
The prospect of British involvement was welcomed by 34 per cent, while 56 per cent said it would be wrong. (Albawaba.com)
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