"Our good faith has not been returned. The North Korean* regime has used diplomacy as a ploy to gain time and advantage. It has uniformly defied Security Council resolutions demanding full disarmament...
The United States and other nations did nothing to deserve or invite this threat, but we will do everything to defeat it. Instead of drifting along toward tragedy, we will set a course toward safety.
All the decades of deceit and cruelty have now reached an end. Kim Jong Il* and his sons must leave North Korea* within 48 hours. Their refusal to do so will result in military conflict commenced at a time of our choosing.
Before the day of horror can come, before it is too late to act, this danger will be removed. The United States of America has the sovereign authority to use force in assuring its own national security. That duty falls to me as commander of chief by the oath I have sworn, by the oath I will keep.
The United Nations Security Council has not lived up to its responsibilities, so we will rise to ours.
As our coalition takes away their power, we will deliver the food and medicine you need. We will tear down the apparatus of terror and we will help you to build a new Iraq that is prosperous and free.
Yet the only way to reduce the harm and duration of war is to apply the full force and might of our military, and we are prepared to do so.
If Kim Jong Il* attempts to cling to power, he will remain a deadly foe until the end."
-Excerpts from President George Bush's March 17, 2003 address to the nation, with italics showing changes I made to suit today's conflict
Mr. Bush, I am grateful that you had the strength and honor to live up to your oath and protect the American people before it was too late. I can only hope and pray that President Obama will take the rightful course of action; not the easiest; not the one that will keep him popular; but the right course.
Play time is over, Obama.