Bending the Third Rail
Because We Should, We Can, We Do
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Uh Oh
Washington must be wondering if one of the dirty hippies actually slipped on a Macaca banana peel and slipped into gov'ment.

Condi appeared before a Senate hearing a couple of weeks ago and was asked a question by Senator Jim Webb. She punted at the time promising to respond in writing. Apparently she hasn't answered him. So, he's writing a friendly reminder to her:
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 administration’s policy regarding possible military action against Iran. I asked, “Is 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?”

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 “yes” or “no” question regarding an urgent matter affecting our nation’s 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 administration’s unequivocal response.

I would appreciate your expeditious reply and look forward to discussing this issue with you in the near future.


James Webb
United States Senator
David Broder is probably wetting his pants at the impoliteness of Jim Webb.

First Webb has the gall to not be seduced by Bush into polite talk about Webb's son who is Iraq (while resisting the temptation to hit the smart-assed Preznit in the jaw). High Broderism dictates that you must behave politely with the Preznit, even if the Preznit is a dick towards you. Now Webb is openly challenging Bush's government wife to, like, actually answer a question from a Senator doing oversight. What next ... Webb telling Bush that if he doesn't solve Iraq, he will? Oh. Yeah. He already did that too.

Ah, to hell with it. Let's send all the Democrats off on a communications/governing retreat and hire Jim Webb as the instructor.

I hope Webb keeps up the pressure and stays authentic. It's a definate breath of fresh air in government .....