From firstname.lastname@example.org Thu Dec 13 08:00:25 2001
Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2001 17:59:09 -0600 (CST)
Organization: South Movement
From: Dave Muller <email@example.com>
Subject: [southnews] 10 Leading US Lawmakers Urge Targeting of Iraq
Ten leading members of Congress have signed a letter urging President
Bush to make the Iraqi regime the next major target in the war on
terrorism, declaring that
as we work to clean up Afghanistan and
destroy al Qaeda, it is imperative that we plan to eliminate the
threat from Iraq.
Among the signers are former presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.); former vice presidential candidate Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (D-Conn.); the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Jesse Helms (N.C.); Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.); House International Relations Committee Chairman Henry J. Hyde (R-Ill.); and the ranking Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Richard C. Shelby (Ala.).
The letter adds to the chorus of policymakers calling for efforts to
topple Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. It follows warnings by Bush
that Iraq will face serious consequences if it does not allow United
Nations inspectors to search for weapons of mass destruction.
believe we must directly confront Saddam, sooner rather than
later, the letter said.
Noting that this month marks the third anniversary of the last U.N.
inspection of Iraqi weapons programs, the lawmakers said the current
economic sanctions are not enough to contain Iraq. They said the
administration had struggled to close
loopholes in the
sanctions but had failed to stop illicit oil sales. They also said
they have no doubt Hussein has
biological, chemical and nuclear weapons programs.
The lawmakers urged Bush to provide more assistance to the opposition
Iraqi National Congress.
Successive administrations have funded
conferences, offices and other intellectual exercises that have done
little more than expose the INC to accusations of being
’limousine insurgents’ and ’armchair
guerrillas,’ the letter said.