September 30, 2002

The AWOL Wonderchimp was relaxing at his pig farm, the Lazy W, this weekend after a heavy couple days of fundraising, while some of our elected officials were in Iraq trying to find ways to avoid a war.

Two Democratic congressmen, speaking from Baghdad on Sunday, said Iraqi officials have assured them they will allow weapons inspectors unhampered access to sites where Saddam's government may be stockpiling chemical and biological weapons or attempting to manufacture a nuclear device.

"They said they would allow us to go look anywhere we wanted," said Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., on ABC's "This Week."

Rep. David Bonior, D-Mich, said Iraqi officials told them they would allow "unrestricted, unfettered" access, though they do want "their sovereignty respected."

The White House shrugged off the lawmaker's comments.

"The president welcomes their opinions," White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe said. "But as he said ... he is confident that we will be able to work out with Congress a bipartisan resolution that is strong, effective and authorizes the use of force." - so phththththth.

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