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[casi] Another lost vote..

I had sent Senator Kerry a long e-mail a few weeks ago (yes, weeks) and just received this. Its so 
back and forth, I can't make heads or tails of it. Typical politician speak.

Excuse me if it comes out choppy, I had to pasted it:

                               Tue, 25 Feb 2003 12:53:47 -0500
                      (John Kerry)
                               Re: We ask that you allow inspectors to do their job
                               text/plain; charset="US-ASCII"
                               cc:Mail note part

Mrs. Rhoads,

     Thank you for contacting me to express your views regarding U.S.
     policy towards Iraq. I appreciate your input as our country continues
     to debate this important issue of national security.

     I believe that the regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq poses a real
     threat to the security of the region and of the United States and that
     he must be disarmed. The Senate voted on October 11 on a resolution to
     hold Saddam Hussein accountable for his repeated violations of his
     agreement with the United Nations to disarm his arsenal of weapons of
     mass destruction (WMD). I voted to support the resolution because I
     believe that unified American support for this disarmament effort is

     Every party in this situation has obligations they must meet. For
     Iraq, the burden is to live up to its international obligations to
     disarm, adhering to the unanimous will of the international community.
     It is Saddam Hussein who, ultimately, must choose between war and
     peace. For the United Nations, the burden is to live up to its
     responsibilities and enforce its will through all available
     mechanisms, not finding excuses in equivocation and delay.

     The United States has obligations as well. We must not rush to war.
     Although I will support military action as a last resort, I have
     continually emphasized to the Bush administration that we must work
     first through arms inspections not war, and that if it becomes
     necessary to disarm Iraq by force, our efforts must be multilateral.
     As I have said frequently, the United States should never go to war
     because it wants to. The United States should go to war because we
     have to. And we don't have to until we have exhausted the remedies
     available, built legitimacy, and earned the consent of the American
     people - absent, of course, an imminent threat requiring urgent

     I have no doubt of the outcome of war itself should it be necessary -
     we will win. But what matters is not just what we win but what we
     lose. We need to make certain that we have not unnecessarily twisted
     so many arms, created so many reluctant partners, abused the trust of
     Congress, or strained so many relations, that the longer term and more
     immediate vital war on terror is made more difficult. And we should be
     particularly concerned that we do not go alone or essentially alone if
     we can avoid it, because the complications and costs of rebuilding
     post-war Iraq would be far better managed and shared with United
     Nations' participation. While American security must never be ceded to
     any institution or to another institution's decision, we must show
     respect for the process of international diplomacy - because it is not
     only right, it can make America stronger - and show the world some
     appropriate patience in building a genuine coalition.

     Thank you once again for taking the time to share your views with me, Anai
     on this extremely important topic.


     John F. Kerry
     U.S. Senator

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