Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Jim Webb Writes to Condi

Here is a letter Jim Webb sent to Condoleeza Rice on January 29, 2007 requesting a direct answer to a question he previously asked her at a Senate Foreign Relations hearing on January 11, 2007.

January 29, 2007
The Honorable Condoleezza Rice
Secretary of State
Department of State
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20520

Dear Secretary Rice:

During your appearance before a Senate ForeignRelations Committee hearing on January 11, 2007, Iasked you a question pertaining to theadministration’s policy regarding possible militaryaction against Iran. I asked, “Is it the position ofthis administration that it possesses the authority totake unilateral action against Iran, in the absence ofa direct threat, without congressional approval?”

At that time you were loath to discuss questions ofpresidential authority, but you committed to provide awritten answer. Since I have not yet received a reply,the purpose of this letter is to reiterate my interestin your response.

This is, basically, a “yes” or “no” question regardingan urgent matter affecting our nation’s foreignpolicy. Remarks made by members of this administrationstrongly suggest that the administration wronglybelieves that the 2002 joint resolution authorizinguse of force in Iraq can be applied in otherinstances, such as in the case of Iran. I, as well asthe American people, would benefit by fullyunderstanding the administration’s unequivocalresponse.

I would appreciate your expeditious reply and lookforward to discussing this issue with you in the nearfuture.

James Webb
United States Senator

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