MOULTRIE -- The notion that Iraq may have chemical, biological and nuclear weapons is enough to make some Americans agree with attacking the totalitarian country, while others think we should steer clear of any more conflict.

"I don't know if Bush is actually worried about Iraq being a threat, or this is just part of his political agenda," said Gary Clavinch, a 22-year-old college student from Gainesville, Fla., passing through Moultrie. "I know that for our last war with Iraq, we had something like 30 countries backing us, and there's only a handful now."

President Bush has drawn a heap of criticism for suggesting another war against Iraq. Even some top officials, such as former President Bush's national security advisor, Brent Scowcroft, warn that invading Iraq to oust Saddam Hussein might jeopardize the worldwide counterterrorism war.

Hayward Hiers, a retired Methodist minister, said we should go after Hussein and his regime, but we shouldn't do it alone.

"It seems like we're going to have to fight, I would just like to see that we are lined up with other nations and not all by ourselves," he said.

In response to the attack on Iraq, some countries commonly considered allies, have resisted any efforts to oust Hussein.

Vice President Dick Cheney told a gathering of war veterans Monday in Nashville, Tenn., that attacking Iraq would be to prevent Hussein from becoming more powerful.

If Hussein were to become stronger, "it would be even harder for us to gather friends and allies and oppose him," Cheney said, according to the Associated Press.

Bush has not said whether his administration will invade Iraq, but Cheney's comments were the strongest made by an administration official concerning the matter.

Dominca Presley, a 24-year-old Air Force veteran, said she thinks Bush is simply finding a reason to start a war.

"I kinda figured that Bush was going to start one one way or another," she said. "Ever since he was first elected. I just think we was looking for a reason, and this was it."

Moultrian Loretta Houston disagrees.

"It's going to come down to (war) one way or another. The U.S. is going to have to show her strength," she said. "We've got to stand strong and stand behind the president."

Bush has run into criticism on whether he can declare war without Congress' blessing. Some say that only Congress can declare war, but the Bush administration says otherwise, pointing to congressional resolutions, such as one the one approved Sept. 14 of last year, which allows the president to declare war against any terrorism threat.

Patricia Guzman, a stay-at-home mother living in Moultrie, thinks the U.S. should go ahead and invade Iraq before the situation gets any worse.

"There's just so much conflict ... it's only going to get worse," she said. "I watch the news a lot, and I think Hussein is tied in with al-Qaida somehow. We need to pay more attention to what's going on over there."

Last week, it was reported that Islamic extremists may be testing chemical and biological weapons in a facility in northern Iraq, the AP said.

Meanwhile, Michael Moore, of Moultrie, said he doesn't care what happens.

"It don't matter to me either way," he said. "What's going on over there anyway?"



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