- The Washington Times - Monday, December 19, 2005

U.S. Senate, Committee on Armed Services, Washington, D.C., October 9, 1998:

Dear Mr. President: We are writing to express our concern over recent developments in Iraq…

Despite a brief interval of cooperation, Saddam Hussein has failed to live up to his commitments. On August 5, Iraq suspended all cooperation with UNSCOM and the IAEA, except some limited monitoring activity…

We were gratified by the Security Council’s action in unanimously passing Resolution 1194 on September 9…

We are skeptical, however, that Saddam Hussein will take heed of this message even though it is from a unanimous Security Council. Moreover, we are deeply concerned that without the intrusive inspections and monitoring by UNSCOM and the IAEA, Iraq will be able, over time, to reconstitute its weapons of mass destruction programs.

In light of these developments, we urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraq sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq’s refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs.

Sincerely, Carl Levin, Joe Lieberman, Frank R. Lautenberg… Chris Dodd… Dianne Feinstein, Barbara A. Mikulski… Tim Johnson, Daniel K. Inouye… Mary Landrieu… John F. Kerry…

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