From a letter (Oct. 25) to President Bush from Rep. Dan Glickman (D-Kan.):

It was reported today that Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Colin Powell has recommended the deployment of additional forces to Saudi Arabia to preserve a credible offensive option for Operation Desert Shield. As a member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, the sponsor of legislation that created the U.S. Institute of Peace and a supporter of the legitimate use of U.S. military force in pursuit of critical national security interests, I urge you to explore all diplomatic and nonmilitary options to resolve the first major confrontation of the post-Cold War world. Should a joint offensive against Iraq prove the only reasonable option, I further urge you to first consult with Congress and the United Nations Security Council before committing U.S. and allied troops to combat. ...

My constituents in Kansas and my colleagues in the House generally support your skillful work in creating a solid international coalition that condemns Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait and has backed up its condemnation with troops and economic support for Operation Desert Shield. But please do not mistake our support of your work so far as an endorsement of a military offensive against Iraq. I believe the American people and the Congress have the patience and the will to wait for economic sanctions and international resolve to prove to Saddam Hussein that he can never profit from his invasion and plunder of Kuwait. We are willing to sustain the economic cost of the embargo for as long as it takes to resolve this conflict peacefully.