This week, the United States Senate will debate the confirmation of National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice as the next Secretary of State.
The debate about Dr. Rice's confirmation must not be a rubber stamp of President Bush's appointment. The Senate must take its "advice and consent" role seriously.
That's why, as a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, I stood up and asked Condoleezza Rice the tough questions that Americans deserve to have answered during last week's confirmation hearings. Questions like:
* Why did the United States go to war in Iraq based on misleading -- if not false and fraudulent -- evidence?
* Why did we divert valuable resources and intelligence personnel to Iraq, taking them away from Afghanistan and the pursuit of Osama bin Laden?
* Why did you mislead the American people into thinking there was a connection between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaida before September 11th?
We must hold Condoleezza Rice accountable for her misleading statements leading up to the Iraq war and beyond before we can even consider promoting her to Secretary of State.
So I ask you to join with me: Lend your voice to the chorus of millions of Americans across our great land who are demanding that Condoleezza Rice tell the truth about Iraq, weapons of mass destruction, the search for Osama bin Laden, the fight against Al Qaida, and the war on terrorism.
I urge you to sign my petition below, so I can take your voice with me to the floor of the Senate this week and ask my colleagues to hold Condoleezza Rice accountable.