VOA News, Washington
Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved the nomination
of Condoleezza Rice for Secretary of State, after a two-day
confirmation hearing where she was repeatedly questioned
over faulty pre-war intelligence on Iraq and ongoing instability
in that country.
The panel approved her 16-2 Wednesday. A
final Senate vote is expected Thursday.
During her confirmation hearings, Ms. Rice
went head-to-head with California Democrat Barbara Boxer,
who said she believes the Bush administration knowingly
misled the American public about alleged weapons of mass
destruction in Iraq.
The nominee said she believes the world
is better off without Saddam Hussein. But she said she is
fully aware of the sacrifices made by U.S. troops in Iraq.
Both Republican and Democratic senators
also expressed concern over the slow pace of training Iraqi
security forces. Ms. Rice said she would be the first to
admit there are serious problems with those forces.
Illinois Democrat Barak Obama also urged the Bush administration
to reveal a timetable for pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq,
saying Americans deserve a satisfactory answer.
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