Jack Kemp Questions Bombings

Following is a letter Jack Kemp sent to Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott on
December 18, urging Senate hearings on our military action in Iraq. It was
subsequently distributed to the press, but got almost no attention.


The Honorable Trent Lott
Majority Leader
United States Senate
Washington, D.C.

Dear Trent:

Congratulations on your courage in questioning both the timing of President
Clinton’s military attack on Iraq and the policy on which it is based. You
have made the point that skepticism about the timing is justified because,
in your words, the president had already "burned" us once by mistakenly
bombing a pharmaceutical plant in Khartoum, Sudan, while deceptively
representing to the American public and the world that he had conclusive
proof that the plant was a facility for producing weapons of mass

Far from being attacked for speaking the truth—as you are by Democrats and
even some Republicans — I believe you deserve praise and the gratitude of
the American people and our party for your courageous act of questioning the
bombing of Baghdad "at midnight."

During the past two days, reports coming out of the Pentagon and from a
former U.N. weapons inspector raise a number of serious and troubling
questions that, in my opinion, vindicate your skepticism. These questions
are so troubling that I believe they warrant immediate congressional
inquiries. Therefore, I urge you to convene congressional hearings to dig
into these questions as soon as possible.

Let me list just of few of the troubling questions arising from President
Clinton’s actions in Iraq during the past month.

Trent, we stand at a crossroads on foreign policy, and there are differing opinions on which path we should take. Before we make that choice, it is important that Congress deliberate and chart the road ahead. I urge you again to hold congressional hearings.

I am going to send Bob Livingston a copy of this letter and urge him to hold congressional hearings as well.

Your very good friend,

Jack Kemp