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Posted on 09/19/2002 11:13:30 PM PDT by kattracksEdited on 07/12/2004 3:57:20 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]
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Message Sent: Monday, September 16, 2002 9:57 PM Subject: FW: Saddam's announcement at 4:30 Seattle time from Congressman McDermott
Dear friends, A few minutes ago Saddam announced that weapons inspectors from the UN can return to Iraq.
I met for 1.5 hours on Friday night with Naji Sabri, foreign minister of Iraq to discuss the possibility of accepting the Iraqi parliamentary offer for Congresspersons to visit Iraq and bring their own Inspectors. I told him I waqs ready to come with the UN inspectors as our inspectors.. We discussed at length the proposal and at the conclusion , he said, I think the Congress will get a surprise soon. Today's action is a major step away from war. There is plenty of time for many slips between the lip and the cup. Minister Sabri raised a point we must consider. He said , "Why should we let the Inspectors in to Iraq when Mr Bush has already decided we need a regime change. How long with the inspectors be with us? When will there be a clean bill or is it only a matter of time before your President suggests that we are obstructing the inspectors and sending in the bombs and troops.?
It seems to me that the problem for us is how to tone down the Presidents rhetoric. I expect there will be an immediate attack on the integrity of the Iraqi offer.
peace, Jim McDermott
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