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 Foreign Relations Committee hearing on January 11, 2007, I asked you a question pertaining to the administrationÃ¢ÂÂs policy regarding possible military action against Iran. I asked, Ã¢ÂÂIs it the position of this administration that it possesses the authority to take unilateral action against Iran, in the absence of a direct threat, without congressional approval?Ã¢ÂÂ
At that time you were loath to discuss questions of presidential authority, but you committed to provide a written answer. Since I have not yet received a reply, the purpose of this letter is to reiterate my interest in your response.
This is, basically, a Ã¢ÂÂyesÃ¢ÂÂ or Ã¢ÂÂnoÃ¢ÂÂ question regarding an urgent matter affecting our nationÃ¢ÂÂs foreign policy. Remarks made by members of this administration strongly suggest that the administration wrongly believes that the 2002 joint resolution authorizing use of force in Iraq can be applied in other instances, such as in the case of Iran. I, as well as the American people, would benefit by fully understanding the administrationÃ¢ÂÂs unequivocal response.
I would appreciate your expeditious reply and look forward to discussing this issue with you in the near future.
United States Senator