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On November 1, 2007 30 senators signed a letter [pdf] sent to dubya on the subject of Iran. Claire McCaskill was one of them.

Dear President Bush:

We are writing to express serious concerns with the provocative statements and actions stemming from your administration with respect to possible U.S. military action in Iran. These comments are counterproductive and undermine efforts to resolve tensions with Iran through diplomacy.

We wish to emphasize that no congressional authority exists for unilateral military action against Iran. This includes the Senate vote on September 26, 2007 on an amendment to the FY 2008 National Defense Authorization Act. This amendment, expressing the sense of the Senate on Iran, and the recent designation of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, should in no way be interpreted as a predicate for the use of military force in Iran.

We stand ready to work with your administration to address the challenges presented by Iran in a manner that safeguards our security interests and promotes a regional diplomatic solution, but we wish to emphasize that offensive military action should not be taken against Iran without the express consent of Congress….

The office of Senator Jim Webb (D-Virginia) issued the following press release:

Press Releases

November 1, 2007
30 Senators Say White House Must Seek Congressional Approval for Offensive Military Action against Iran

Aggressive Rhetoric Undermines Diplomacy

Washington, DC- Along with 29 co-signers, Senator Jim Webb of Virginia sent a letter to the White House today warning the President not to take offensive military action against Iran without the express consent of Congress. Designed to clarify any ambiguity as a result of a recent Senate amendment urging designation of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization, the Senators also expressed concern that the administration’s increasingly provocative rhetoric has undermined diplomatic efforts with Iran….

Here is the list of those 30 senators who signed:

Webb
Akaka
Baucus
Boxer
Brown
Byrd
Cantwell
Carper
Casey
Clinton
Dodd
Dorgan
Durbin
Feinstein
Harkin
Johnson
Kerry
Klobuchar
Kohl
Leahy
McCaskill
Mikulski
Murray
Reed
Rockefeller
Sanders
Stabenow
Tester
Whitehouse
Wyden

Claire’s in good company. It would have been nice to have a few more senators sign, too.