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The people of the United States and their leaders are at this time facing some of the largest challenges that this country has ever encountered Decisions have to be made and Americans need to have more assurance that theyre the right ones As presented in his speech in Cincinnati on October 8 President George W Bush determinatively speaks about doing something about the problem of terrorist threats and of Saddam Hussein with or without allied support He has a mountain of skepticism to overcome however Karen Tumulty in her account Making His Case examines the political skills of Bush and the challenges he faces in convincing the rest of the world to come along side us in dealing with the problem of Hussein Likewise journalist Mark Strauss in his article Attacking Iraq Think Again agrees with the President on some issues but differs on others and gives his reasons for doing so As war seemingly approaches the citizens of the United States have begun to ask three main questions These are Is this war really necessary and is now the time to fight it Is there a connection between recent terrorist acts and Saddam Hussein and What will be the consequences of starting a war with Iraq Tumulty 21 The President argues that Yes This war is necessary and claims that now is the best time to fight it He explicitly says Saddam Hussein is a threat to peace and must disarm Bush 1 Bush claims that the threat from Iraq stands alone because it draws together the grimmest threats of our age in one place 1 It is clear that he feels that this is a pressured situation from his statement The danger is already significant and only grows worse with time2 In Bushs view since it is known that Hussein has dangerous weapons it doesnt make any sense for the world to wait to confront him as Hussein grows even stronger 2 Bush
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