US President George W. Bush on Saturday used his weekly radio address to press US lawmakers to pass a resolution authorizing the use of military force against Iraq.
Bush warned the American people of the threat of "massive and sudden horror" posed by the Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and asked them to push their congressional representatives to support the resolution.
"I urge Americans to call their members of Congress to make sure your voice is heard," Bush said.
"By supporting the resolution, members of Congress will send a clear message to Saddam: His only choice is to fully comply with the demands of the world. And the time for that choice is limited," he said.
"The United States does not desire military conflict, because we know the awful nature of war," Bush said. "If, however, the Iraqi regime persists in its defiance, the use of force may become unavoidable. Delay, indecision and inaction are not options for America, because they could lead to massive and sudden horror."
Bush will deliver a prime-time television speech Monday night during a visit to Cincinnati, Ohio. He is to focus on the threat posed by Iraq and stress that time is running out for the Iraqi leader to comply with UN demands to disarm.
Bush wants US Congress to pass a resolution authorizing the use of military force against Iraq if Saddam refuses to comply with UN resolutions on disarmament.