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Saturday, September 21, 2002
Questions about war

I sent 3 letters to:
Connie Morella, U.S. Representative from my district in Maryland
Paul Sarbanes, U.S. Senator from Maryland
Barbara A. Mikulski, U.S. Senator from Maryland

I asked them not to vote to give President Bush any extraordinary powers to deal with Iraq. War should not be something that an individual President can begin by shooting from the hip. It is an awesome commitment of people and of power. It is no longer, as it was in the days of Empires, an instrument of personal aggrandizement. Ambition is not a reason for it. To strike first is the policy of a coward or of the power mad.

Senator Mikulski's response arrived by email today:
From: senator@mikulski.senate.gov |
To: tleeves@yahoo.com
Subject: Re: www_email
Date: Fri, 20 Sep 2002 19:01:46 -0400

September 20, 2002

Dear Mr. Gallagher:

Thank you for contacting me about your
opposition to war against Iraq. I have heard
from so many Marylanders about this important
issue. I appreciate you taking the time to
write.

You made some excellent points -- and I
share your concerns about American military
action against Iraq. We all agree that
Saddam Hussein is dangerous and despicable.
His regime remains a threat to regional
security as it pursues weapons of mass
destruction. He continues to terrorize his
own citizens and violate international law.
However, I do not believe the President has
yet made the case that Iraq poses a direct,
imminent threat to the United States the
kind of threat that justifies unilateral
action.

A number of serious questions need to be
answered before I could consider supporting
the use of force against Iraq:

Does Iraq have nuclear weapons?
How soon could it develop them?

How would Iraq deliver weapons of
mass destruction?

If we invade Iraq, which allies
will we have?

Who would replace the Saddam regime
after a military victory?

How long would U.S. forces have to
remain in Iraq? What is the exit
strategy?

What would it mean for the
unfinished war against terrorism?
What would it mean for the Israeli-
Palestinian conflict?

I will evaluate any proposed military
action based on the answers to these
questions. This is one of the most important
issues I am facing today. You can be sure
I'll keep your views in mind.

Again, thanks for contacting me about
these serious questions and concerns. Please
don't hesitate to get in touch with me again.



Sincerely,

Barbara A. Mikulski
United States Senator

P.S. If I can be of any further assistance in
the future, please visit my website at
http://mikulski.senate.gov or call my
Washington office at 202-224-4654.

posted at 3:35 PM



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