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 Addresses and Remarks

    See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders
    Middle East, roadmap for peace--321
    Radio address--313
    Saint Patrick's Day shamrock presentation ceremony--319

 Communications to Congress

    Chemical Weapons Convention, letter transmitting certification--316
    Iran, national emergency
         Message on continuation--319
         Message transmitting report--319
    Nomination of Miguel A. Estrada to be Circuit Judge for the District 
        of Columbia Circuit, letter--315
    States of the Former Soviet Union, message transmitting report on 
        the plan for securing nuclear weapons, material, and expertise--

 Communications to Federal Agencies

    Designation of Officers of the Office of Personnel Management to Act 
        as Director of the Office of Personnel Management, memorandum--
    Implementation of Section 3107 of the Farm Security and Rural 
        Investment Act of 2002, Relating to Food for Education and Child 
        Nutrition, memorandum--314
    Waiver of Coup-Related Sanctions for Pakistan, memorandum--323

 Executive Orders

    Establishing the Global War on Terrorism Medals--317

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Ireland, Prime Minister Ahern--319


    Continuation of the National Emergency With Respect to Iran--318


    National Poison Prevention Week--322

Statements by the President

         House of Representatives action on health care legislation--321
         Senate filibuster to block a vote on the nomination of Miguel 
         Senate passage of legislation banning partial-birth abortion--
    National Wildlife Refuge System, centennial anniversary--322
    Serbia, assassination of Prime Minister Djindjic--317

Supplementary Materials

     Acts approved by the President--328
     Checklist of White House press releases--327
     Digest of other White House announcements--324
     Nominations submitted to the Senate--326


  Editor's Note: The President was at Camp David, MD, on March 14, the 
closing date of this issue. Releases and announcements issued by the 
Office of the Press Secretary but not received in time for inclusion in 
this issue will be printed next week.


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Week Ending Friday, March 14, 2003
The President's Radio Address

March 8, 2003

    Good morning. This has been an important week on two fronts of our 
war against terror. First, American and Pakistani authorities captured 
the mastermind of the September the 11th attacks against our country, 
Khalid Sheik Mohammed. This is a landmark achievement in disrupting the 
Al Qaida network, and we believe it will help us prevent future acts of 
terror. We are currently working with over 90 countries and have dealt 
with over 3,000 terrorists who have been detained, arrested, or 
otherwise will not be a problem for the United States.
    Second, the chief United Nations weapons inspector reported 
yesterday to the Security Council on his efforts to verify Saddam 
Hussein's compliance with Resolution 1441. This resolution requires Iraq 
to fully and unconditionally disarm itself of nuclear, chemical, and 
biological weapons materials, as well as the prohibited missiles that 
could be used to deliver them. Unfortunately, it is clear that Saddam 
Hussein is still violating the demands of the United Nations by refusing 
to disarm.
    Iraqi's dictator has made a public show of producing and destroying 
a few prohibited missiles. Yet, our intelligence shows that even as he 
is destroying these few missiles, he has ordered the continued 
production of the very same type of missiles. Iraqi operatives continue 
to play a shell game with inspectors, moving suspected prohibited 
materials to different locations every 12 to 24 hours. And Iraqi weapons 
scientists continue to be threatened with harm should they cooperate in 
interviews with U.N. inspectors.
    These are not the actions of a regime that is disarming. These are 
the actions of a regime engaged in a willful charade. If the Iraqi 
regime were disarming, we would know it because we would see it. Iraq's 
weapons would be presented to inspectors and destroyed. Inspection teams 
do not need more time or more personnel. All they need is what they have 
never received, the full cooperation of the Iraqi regime. The only 
acceptable outcome is the outcome already demanded by a unanimous vote 
of the Security Council, total disarmament.
    Saddam Hussein has a long history of reckless aggression and 
terrible crimes. He possesses weapons of terror. He provides funding and 
training and safe haven to terrorists who would willingly deliver 
weapons of mass destruction against America and other peace-loving 
    The attacks of September the 11th, 2001, showed what the enemies of 
America did with four airplanes. We will not wait to see what terrorists 
or terror states could do with weapons of mass destruction. We are 
determined to confront threats wherever they arise. And as a last 
resort, we must be willing to use military force. We are doing 
everything we can to avoid war in Iraq. But if Saddam Hussein does not 
disarm peacefully, he will be disarmed by force.
    Across the world and in every part of America, people of good will 
are hoping and praying for peace. Our goal is peace for our own Nation, 
for our friends, for our allies, and for all the peoples of the Middle 
East. People of good will must also recognize that allowing a dangerous 
dictator to defy the world and build an arsenal for conquest and mass 
murder is not peace at all; it is pretense. The cause of peace will be 
advanced only when the terrorists lose a wealthy patron and protector 
and when the dictator is fully and finally disarmed.
    Thank you for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 10:47 a.m. on March 7 in the Cabinet 
Room at the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on March 8. The 
transcript was made available by the Office

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of the Press Secretary on March 7 but was embargoed for release until 
the broadcast. In his remarks, the President referred to Khalid Sheik 
Mohammed, senior Al Qaida leader responsible for planning the September 
11 attack, who was captured in Pakistan on March 1; Hans Blix, Executive 
Chairman, United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection 
Commission; and President Saddam Hussein of Iraq. The Office of the 
Press Secretary also released a Spanish language transcript of this 

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Week Ending Friday, March 14, 2003
Memorandum on Designation of Officers of the Office of Personnel 
Management To Act as Director of the Office of Personnel Management

March 11, 2003

Memorandum for the Director of the Office of Personnel Management

Subject: Designation of Officers of the Office of Personnel Management 
to Act as Director of the Office of Personnel Management

    By the authority vested in me as President under the Constitution 
and laws of the United States of America and pursuant to the Federal 
Vacancies Reform Act of 1998, 5 U.S.C. 345 et seq., I hereby order that:
    Section 1. Order of Succession.
    During any period when the Director of the Office of Personnel 
Management (Director), or the Deputy Director of the Office of Personnel 
Management, has died, resigned, or otherwise become unable to perform 
the functions and duties of the office of Director, the following 
officers of the Office of Personnel Management, in the order listed, 
shall perform the functions and duties of the office of Director, if 
they are eligible to act as Director under the provisions of the Federal 
Vacancies Reform Act of 1998, until such time as at least one of the 
officers mentioned above is able to perform the functions and duties of 
the office of Director:
    Chief of Staff;
    General Counsel;
    Associate Director, Management and Chief Financial Officer;
    Associate Director, Human Resources Policy;
    Associate Director, Human Resources Products and Services;
    Associate Director, Human Capital Leadership and Merit Systems 
    Deputy Associate Director, Center for Investigations Services;
    Director, Office of Congressional Relations;
    Director, Office of Communications;
    Senior Advisor, Homeland Security; and
    Senior Advisor, Learning and Knowledge Management.
    Sec. 2. Exceptions.
    (a) No individual who is serving in an office listed in section 1 in 
an acting capacity, by virtue of so serving, shall act as Director 
pursuant to this memorandum.
    (b) Notwithstanding the provisions of this memorandum, the President 
retains discretion, to the extent permitted by the Federal Vacancies 
Reform Act of 1998, 5 U.S.C. 3345-3349d, to depart from this memorandum 
in designating an acting Director.
    Sec. 3. Publication.
    You are authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the 
Federal Register.
                                                George W. Bush

 [Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 8:45 a.m., March 12, 

Note: This memorandum was published in the Federal Register on March 13.

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