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Bush vows to rebuild Iraq if U.S. goes to war


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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush Saturday outlined his post-war plans for Iraq, assuring the American people that the United States "will remain in Iraq as long as necessary, and not a day more."

In his weekly radio address, Bush said the United States, along with its coalition partners, would "stand ready to provide vital help" to the people of Iraq after any war.

"The lives and freedom of the Iraqi people matter little to Saddam Hussein, but they matter greatly to us," he said.

"In order to minimize the suffering of Iraq's people," the U.S.-led coalition would stock food distribution sites, deliver medical and relief supplies and provide nearly 3 million emergency rations to feed the hungry, Bush said.

"We will deliver medicine to the sick, and make sure that Iraq's 55,000 food distribution sites, operating with supplies from the oil-for-food program, are stocked and open as soon as possible," he said.

The United States would also provide security, rid the country of chemical and biological weapons and ensure that Iraq's natural resources -- including oil -- will benefit the Iraqi people.

Bush stressed that the United States has no intention of occupying Iraq after ousting Saddam from power, but will honor its commitment to rebuild the country after the war ends.

"After defeating enemies, we did not leave behind occupying armies; we left constitutions and parliaments," he said. "The nation of Iraq -- with its proud heritage, abundant resources and skilled and educated people -- is fully capable of moving toward democracy and living in freedom."

For latest developments on the Iraq issue, see CNN.com's Iraq Tracker.


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