Below is the response from one of my U.S. Senators concerning the letter I sent demanding answers on the Downing Street Memos. No commentary here. The letter speaks for itself, though Ms. Hutchinson's letter has a less arrogant tone than the one I received from U.S. Rep. Culberson.
I retyped the letter in its entirety. LS
July 11, 2005
Dear Mrs. Shaw:
Thank you for contacting me regarding a British memo on U.S. actions in Iraq. I welcome your thoughts and comments on this issue.
Beginning in 1991, the United Nations employed all diplomatic means possible, including the passage of ten separate resolutions encouraging Iraq to disarm. Over time, it became clear the Iraqi government was unwilling to cooperate with the requests of the international community. With proof of Saddam Hussein’s ability to produce weapons of mass destruction and his support of terrorist organizations, I backed President Bush’s decision to disarm Hussein’s government.
Although this regime has been removed from power, ruthless killers still strive to hinder development of a democratic Iraq. The Iraqi people deserve the opportunity to craft their own destiny, and America is committed to helping them in this process. More than eight million Iraqi citizens turned out to vote in historic elections held on January 30, 2005, and the newly-seated Iraqi Parliament continues to make progress in establishing a representative government. A stable, democratic Iraq will make America safer and secure a major victory in the war on terrorism.
I appreciate hearing from you and hope you will not hesitate to keep in touch on any issue.
Kay Bailey Hutchinson
The United States Senate