Condoleezza Rice Takes on Obama

condiFormer Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice – our last competent Secretary of State – has been aggressive in criticizing President Obama’s failed foreign policy. And she has the experience and expertise to do so with authority. While nobody really expects the Obama administration or most Democrats in Congress to pay Dr. Rice any heed, the Republican Party better be listening and raise its collective voice against the dangerous path that Obama is taking this country down. 

Dr. Rice is particularly concerned with the “vacuum” in world leadership resulting from the Obama administration’s leading from behind policies. The vacuum is being filled by the likes of Russian President Vladimir Putin. As Dr. Rice wrote in an op-ed article appearing in the Washington Post on March 7th, “dictators and extremists across the globe will be emboldened” if the United States abandons muscular diplomacy and eschews its global responsibilities as the leader of the free world.

The Obama administration’s attempt to extend “hands of friendship to our adversaries, sometimes at the expense of our friends,” such as the administration’s “reset” button with Russia, has obviously not worked, Dr. Rice has pointed out.

For those who might say that Condoleezza Rice is hypocritically skipping over Russia’s push into Georgia in 2008 during the presidency of George W. Bush while she criticizes the Obama administration’s ineffectiveness in dealing with the Ukraine crisis, Rice set the record straight in her op-ed article:

After Russia invaded Georgia in 2008, the United States sent ships into the Black Sea, airlifted Georgian military forces from Iraq back to their home bases and sent humanitarian aid. Russia was denied its ultimate goal of overthrowing the democratically elected government, an admission made to me by the Russian foreign minister.

But even those modest steps did not hold. Despite Russia’s continued occupation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the diplomatic isolation waned and then the Obama administration’s ‘reset’ led to an abrupt revision of plans to deploy missile defense components in the Czech Republic and Poland.

President Obama said last week in The Hague that he was “much more concerned when it comes to our security with the prospect of a nuclear weapon going off in Manhattan” than he was about any threat from Russia. Fair enough, but Obama’s agreement to fruitless negotiations with Iran and easing the pressure of sanctions in the meantime, while Iran advances its nuclear arms and missile delivery programs, is making that nightmare more likely. So is his failure to deal adequately with the spread of al Qaeda and its affiliates throughout the Middle East and Africa, as well as the infiltration of Iran’s proxy Hezbollah in Latin America. And rather than worry about the real threat of nuclear and chemical weapons of mass destruction in the hands of terrorists as the most significant threat to homeland security, why is Obama’s Secretary of State John Kerry foolishly declaring that “climate change can now be considered the world’s largest weapon of mass destruction, perhaps even the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction?”

Dr. Rice expressed particular concern that withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan without a reasonable amount of residual military presence may repeat the disastrous aftermath of the Obama administration’s precipitous decision to withdraw all American troops from Iraq. Al Qaeda returned with a vengeance to launch widespread lethal attacks in Iraq and threaten its viability after they had been largely defeated as a result of the successful surge that President George W. Bush had ordered in the face of opposition by then Senator Obama, John Kerry and many other members of the Democratic Party of Defeat.

Addressing more than two thousand people attending the National Republican Congressional Committee’s annual dinner on March 26th, Dr. Rice also warned about the dangerous consequences of a shrinking military budget:

Our values and our interests require defense. As Ronald Reagan famously said, peace really only comes through strength. What are we doing? What are we doing when we’re talking about a defense budget that is so small that our military starts to tell us that we may not in fact be able to carry out all of the requirements put upon it?

President Obama wants to reduce the force level of the United States Army to its smallest size since 1940 and drop an entire class of Air Force attack jets.

While understanding the weariness of the American people after two long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and more than a decade fighting global terrorism, Dr. Rice said that “leaders can’t afford to get tired. Leaders can’t afford to be weary.”

The Obama administration is operating on the dangerous assumption that America can lead from behind by relying on our European allies, even though they are unable to get their act together to take any effective measures against Russia over Ukraine, for example. President Obama also hides behind the apron strings of the fuzzy norms of international law, which he insists everyone in the 21st century is expected to follow as a matter of course. President Obama believes that even the Iranian regime can be dealt with rationally in good faith negotiations. This is the same regime ruled by Ayatollah Khamenei, who reportedly issued a fatwah declaring that he must be obeyed as the “representative of the Prophet Muhammad and [Shi'ism's] 12th Imam on Earth.”

Unfortunately, what President Obama says in his speeches regarding how he thinks all world leaders should act bears little resemblance to how the leaders of our adversaries are actually acting in the real world.

Republican leaders in Congress and elsewhere need to follow Dr. Rice’s example and directly challenge the basic tenets of Obama’s foreign policy. They need to clearly contrast Obama’s tenets with the principles that Republicans stand for, which if implemented will keep the United States and its allies free and secure. The United States must lead from the front, not from behind as Obama would prefer. An American president should give America’s allies such as Israel the benefit of the doubt, not those who time and again have proven that their word cannot be trusted as President Obama has tended to do. As Putin follows a more aggressive foreign policy and jihadists are expanding their bases of operations, now is not the time to radically cut America’s military defenses as President Obama wants to do. Peace is truly won through strength, not by planned weakness in cutting the U.S. military down to size in order to supposedly improve America’s image in parts of the world where we are not liked. As jihadists, who want to kill as many Americans as they can, get closer to possessing weapons of mass destruction, now is not the time for John Kerry to raise a red herring about climate change as possibly “the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.” In fact, to achieve energy independence for the United States and our European allies, the radical environmentalists should be told to return to their environmentally protected shells while such initiatives as the Keystone Pipeline and the export of liquefied natural gas are finally allowed to go forward.

Few Republican leaders in Congress have been as bold to date as Dr. Rice in directly challenging the foundational principles that animate the Obama administration’s foreign policy and have led to disastrous outcomes. Some are all too willing to give President Obama the benefit of the doubt, a courtesy that Democrats including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, former Senator (now Secretary of State) John Kerry and Barack Obama himself refused to do in their relentless and at times vicious attacks on President George W. Bush’s foreign policies. It would be perfectly appropriate for Republicans to point out that while Bush’s surge was widely credited with winning the war in Iraq against the insurgents, Obama’s decision to withdraw all troops from Iraq managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. And it would also be perfectly appropriate for Republicans to point out that while Ronald Reagan helped win the Cold War, leading to the collapse of the Soviet Union, Obama is managing to midwife the rebirth of the Russian empire.

When some Republican congressional leaders such as Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham do level a sharp criticism, it tends to deal with specific episodes such as the Obama administration’s mishandling of the Benghazi debacle. Hopefully, as it becomes painfully obvious by mid-summer to all but the willfully ignorant that there will never be a verifiable deal with the Iranian regime to dismantle Iran’s nuclear enrichment facilities and to curb its missile program, Republicans will insist on the passage of new sanctions against Iran and work with like-minded Democrats to ensure veto-proof majorities.

The world is a far more dangerous place than when President Obama first took office in 2009. A fundamental reason, as Condoleezza Rice said in her speech at the 2012 Republican Convention, is that under President Obama’s watch the world does not know where America stands. “You see,” she said, “when the friends or foes alike don’t know the answer to that question, unambiguously and clearly, the world is likely to be a more dangerous and chaotic place.”

This should be the key foreign policy message during both the 2014 midterm election campaign and in 2016. Particularly if Hillary Clinton runs for president, perhaps the Republican slogan against candidates from the Democratic Party of Defeat can be “Strong American leadership DOES make a difference.”

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  • Hass

    By far the last best Secretary of State since her stint and better than the entire Demoncratic Party put together.

    • Gee

      That is not saying a lot.

      • Crassus

        Amen. The last halfway decent Secretary of State this country had was James Baker back in the Bush I Administration. Since then it’s been nothing but cronies, quota hires, and Thunder Thighs.

        • ObamaYoMoma

          He is a Jew hating/Muslim loving moron too! By the way, Baker considered Ronald Reagan to be a buffoon!

      • BagLady

        S E Asia: “Oh dear Buddha, SHE’s coming here wagging her stupid finger again.” Bow, smile and make empty promises. She’ll be gone soon and the very generous Chinese envoy will come along offering respect and a very large, interest free loan. No strings attached.

    • TheOrdinaryMan

      Rice compares Israel to racism in the American South. What a bunch of horse manure. She was marginally better than Kerry, but she won’t support Israel, so nothing will change. See the comment by “WildJew” below.

    • ObamaYoMoma

      Yeah right she did a really wonderful job, especially with respect to Iraq and Afghanistan and now we have democracy springing out all over the former Islamic totalitarian world. Oh wait!

      • Finrod Felagund

        She helped double the number of democracies in the Middle East, despite Obama’s neglect.

        • ObamaYoMoma

          Whatever you are smoking moonbat it must be strong. Thus, please send me some.

          For the record, you can’t democratize Muslims moonbat, because Islam is not a religion. It’s a very rabid form of totalitarianism that aims to take over the world instead.

          Nonetheless, that ambassador she and Bush appointed, Zalmay Khalilzad, to be first the ambassador of Afghanistan and then subsequently of Iraq, made sure to enshrine Sharia, i.e., Islamic totalitarian law, as the highest authority for law in each country and thereby ensured that both Afghanistan and Iraq would inevitably become Islamic totalitarian hellholes exactly like they did. So much for doubling the number of democracies in the Middle East moonbat!

          In other words dude, you don’t have a clue! Indeed, you are little more than a low information Republican voter and part of the problem rather than the solution.

          • Finrod Felagund

            Is it hard to steer that bus, what with the twenty-five million Iraqis you’ve thrown under it?

        • BagLady

          Double Zero = ?

      • Keith

        He he he, except both Iraq and Afghanistan came about before she became SOS.

        • ObamaYoMoma

          Go buy a clue!

          • Keith

            UM, she certainly had some input but the discussion is centered around her tenure as SOS which she wasn’t when those wars started. Perhaps you are the one who needs the clue.

    • Guess

      Actually she was a useful monk*y

  • liberalism is a mental illness

    I ran over a leftard with my truck today and I feel good about it. As the leftard was going under the wheels it shouted at me “racist bigot fascist xenophobe!” But I don’t care.

    Condoleeza Rice is the bomb. She spanks Hussein Obama.

  • Bamaguje

    “Russia was denied its ultimate goal of overthrowing the democratically
    elected government (in Georgia)…” – Condoleeza Rice.

    But as the Nuland tapes reveal, America succeeded in ousting a democratically elected Yanukovich in Ukraine..

    • NAHALKIDES

      Which only means that Rice, like Obama, places too much emphasis on Democracy and not enough on freedom. Yanukovich was overthrown by Ukrainians who wanted their freedom, and a people who would be free are always entitled to overthrow a tyrannical government.

      • bigjulie

        Not to mention that he lied through his teeth about getting closer to western Europe to get elected…something the Ukrainian people were really looking forward to…

    • BagLady

      Hm. Stories on the ground don’t substantiate your opinion. No doubt, US underground services are busying themselves to control the ‘democratic’ coup, but they were not involved in the original uprising. That was pure student zeal.

  • Dyer’s Eve

    Interesting article. I love the line about Obama being the Russian empire’s midwife. Disgusting as it is, I actually have a mental picture of this. Obama is also at the bedside of a resurgent al Qaeda. Rattle in hand.

    • iluvisrael

      and crapping in his mom jeans

  • tic…tic…BOOM

    And Obama has gutted our military. America will have a very, very difficult time in a conventional war.

    • BagLady

      Perhaps there is no longer any such thing as a ‘conventional war’. It’s all about dirty underhand tricks posing as honorable tactics.

  • JVictor

    Condoleezza Rice would run circles around Obama and any of his minions in any type of debate over foreign policy–even if Candy Crowley was moderating. Why Conservatives and Republicans lack the testicular fortitude to call out these jokers is beyond me. If Obama and Co. ought to be arrested and tried for treason, the “leadership” from the other side ought to be charged with aiding and abetting.

    • nomoretraitors

      They don’t criticize Obama because they’re deathly afraid of being called “racist”

  • wildjew

    All this is good and she is right about Russia. Only I could not help but notice Dr. Rice was noticeably silent on critical issues relating to the Middle East conflict; the on-going Muslim world war against Israel, the phony “peace” process that Dr. Rice likewise pursued with reckless abandon and Obama’s ostensible push to democratize the region, in keeping with the Bush vision.

    “The desire for freedom resides in every human heart. And that desire cannot be contained forever by prison walls, or martial laws, or secret police. Over time, and across the Earth, freedom will find a way. George W. Bush, Speech to UN General Assembly, September 21, 2004

    Remember the 2006 elections where (thanks to White House pressure) the Palestinians elected Hamas in what the White House called open, free and fair elections.

    Diana West wrote: “At a closed-door session during the Munich Conference–I mean, the Annapolis Conference–Condoleezza Rice spoke of the empathy she feels for both Palestinian Arabs and Israelis due to her childhood in Birmingham, Alabama “at a time of separation and tension” in the segregated South.

    She noted that a local church was bombed by white separatists, killing four girls, including a classmate of hers.

    “Like the Israelis, I know what it is like to go to sleep at night, not knowing if you will be bombed, of being afraid to be in your own neighborhood, of being afraid to go to your church,” she said.

    But, she added, as black child in the South, being told she could not use certain water fountains or eat in certain restaurants, she also understood the feelings and emotions of the Palestinians.

    “I know what it is like to hear to that you cannot go on a road or through a checkpoint because you are Palestinian,” she said. “I understand the feeling of humiliation and powerlessness.”

    West: “Let’s think about Rice’s role-playing here. She understands the Israeli fear of Palestinian terrorism because of the bombing her black community suffered at the hands of violent racists, This is her Israeli=black argument. She understands the “humiliation” of Palestinians who undergo checkpoint searches and other Israeli security measures against such Palestinian terrorism because of the restrictions of Jim Crow race laws. This is her Palestinian=black argument. To her mind, the black experience applies equally to both sides.

    But it doesn’t, it can’t–not unless morality and reason are completely divorced from the tale. The Israelis who are the victims of Palestinian bombs and the Israelis who defend against such terrorism with checkpoints and other security measures are one and the same–the good guys, or, in Rice’s framework, the black people. Rice, however, believes Israelis who set up checkpoints specifically to defend fellow Israelis from Palestinian bombs are the bad guys–the moral equivalent of racists who inflicted state-sanctioned inequality on blacks….”

    Is it because with respect to these crucial policies touching on Israel, Islam, jihad, etc., there is little difference between the policies the Bush administration pursued and the Obama administration is pursuing, as misguided as they may be? Only Obama is much worse than Bush. Both party’s formal policies with respect to Islam and the global jihad are immoral and repugnant but the Democrats / Obama is much worse? That’s all we’ve got?

    • Sheik Yerbouti

      It’s interesting that as a “republican” Rice is still inclined to push a very leftist black agenda. Seems like Powell did the very same thing when faced with the “history-making” Obama machine. Blood is thicker than water, but not if you’re white. White Americans MUST play by the rules or face ruin. Black Americans seem to have the same mandate, but nobody holds them accountable when they trample over “white” rules. Her take on Israel is clear pandering to the left and a serious insult.

      What is humorous though (in a fatalistic kind of way) is that she’s equating Israel with the KKK and getting away with it. When are we going to see some REAL republicans?

      • wildjew

        I watched both Powell and later Rice as Secretaries of State. Especially Rice took a very unpleasant hard line with the Israelis. I remember after Sharon forcibly uprooted thousands of Jews from Gush Katif, Gaza, Rice said this was only the beginning of these mass expulsions; there would be more, she dictated to the Israelis. Some conservatives called it “good cop, bad cop” with respect to Bush and Rice toward Israel but you have to keep in mind a Secretary of State is reflective of the wishes of his or her boss. If Rice isn’t at least mildly anti-Semitic I would be surprised given her demeanor and her public attitude toward Israel. As a forty three year registered Republican I was particularly galled during the Bush years (his many untruths about Islam, the Saudis, Israel, etc.) especially in light of the Saudi-sponsored Muslim-terror attacks in New York and Washington on 9/11. I expected better from the party of Lincoln; from a self-professed Christian like Bush.

        • NAHALKIDES

          Absolutely. And Bush got his bad ideas regarding Islam and Israel straight from Condi Rice, who got them straight from academia.

          • wildjew

            I voted for Bush and then after the 9/11 attacks, I wondered, “Why in the h— was he saying these insane things about Islam, Israel, etc.?” If I could get up to speed on the Qur’an, Muhammad, authoritative Islam within months of the attacks, why couldn’t the most powerful man on earth get up to speed in eight years?! I am firmly convinced Bush and his father are very compromised by their long-term lucrative financial dealings with the Saudis and Bush said and believed what he wanted to say and believe. Rice had little to do with it other than she was sold out to oil interests too.

          • Raymond_in_DC

            I suspect Bush got at least as much from Grover Norquist. (Some claim he pushed the meme of Islam as a “religion of peace” meme on Bush.)

          • NAHALKIDES

            Could be. Norquist of course is real trouble as he’s either a Muslim or an Islamist sympathizer.

        • No RNC

          The Repubican Party was formed after those that belonged to the “Whig” Party became known to be Thieves & Criminals including the crooked RR Lawyer dishonest Abe!

          • wildjew

            In what way was Lincoln dishonest in your view? Was he as dishonest as Barack Obama?

      • bigjulie

        I think Ms Rice’s attitudes were part of the commonplace canards that Bush used regularly in his advisory sessions where he was supposed to absorbing “expertise” on what the US should do, not only in dealing with Iraq (where he got silly and downright dangerous “advice” from ax-grinding and self-serving Iraqi ex-pats after the removal of Saddam, where it seemed that he didn’t even know that there were two quarreling Muslim factions involved) and simply continued what appeared to me as “boilerplate” attitudes of US regimes from time immemorial regarding the “usual ways we always deal with Jews”, in general. I always felt that there was a built-in distrust of Israel simply because it was “full of Jews…and you know how THEY are,” attitudes and near complete ignorance of Islam’s intent to Muslimize the entire planet. Such attitudes were likely programmed-in to Ms. Rice long before she entered government service.
        The mistrust was mutual, and, since Israel was completely responsible for its own security and could not depend on any bond of mutual trust between it and whatever “allies” it had, we got incidents such as Pollard because it was the best way for Israel to continue to defend itself with a kind-of “Krav Magah” diplomacy. For Jews, having to deal with mistrust for thousands of years likely became part of their gene structure.
        It appears to me that Obama’s Muslim background planted a distrust of the Jews as well, to the point that He continuously (and stupidly) slapped any hand of friendship from them. despite our desperate need for a friend who could advise us on what was going on in the Middle East. American voters fell for a pretty boy with a mellifluous speaking voice who gave lots of hints of real mental sharpness and perception…but who ultimately turned out to be dumb as a post!

    • NAHALKIDES

      Very true. Rice is a mediocre intellect whom Establishment Republicans want to make into a super-star.

  • rbla

    For 20 years we have been unnecessarily provoking Russia. If some foreign power were pushing an alliance with Mexico and Canada right up against our borders would we be pleased with that? If foreign leaders journeyed to Mexico in the midst of a political crisis to promote the overthrow of the existing government would we simply ignore it? Worst of all there was Clinton’s criminal war against Russia’s civilizational allies the Serbs. Yes, now we have a problem having brought about the rise to power of an anti-American clique in Moscow. We have caught our bear but ended up in the cage with it. By the way with our current administration in the process of abolishing our borders, turning us into a Latin American nation filled with squabbling nationalities and hostile Muslims, how exactly are we going to stand up to Russia or any other hostile power? Rice won’t say anything about that since she also supports our national self-dismemberment.

    • 58trojan23

      O, by all means; the Serbs were so “innocent.” Right.

      • bob smith

        no, but they had it right wrt their distaste of the muslimification of their lands.

        clinton and the EU gave the muslims their own little sovereign land entrenched within the bosom of the EU…how quaint.

      • rbla

        There were no innocents. The Croats and Bosnians were equally guilty of ethnic cleansing and atrocities. But only the Serbs were singled out for special attention; mostly because of propaganda paid for by Gulf oil interests. Sound familiar? There is another state that always gets singled out despite the fact that others are much worse behaved. I’ll let you figure out which state that is.

      • Drakken

        The Croats and Serbs have been dealing with the muslims for centuries, and because the Serbs give you a case of the vapors as to their methods, doesn’t mean those poor bloody muslims in our midst are a good thing, look at Bosnia and Kosovo now under muslim rule, nothing more than jihad central where arms, white slavery, drugs and imams are the rule. So yeah we in the west sided with the wrong people and set up a muslim enclave in the heart of Europe, it is a mistake that will now come back to haunt us.

      • UCSPanther

        You should read of some of the nightmarish atrocities committed by the KLA.

  • edlancey

    The Republicans came to power in 2000 to re-fight the Cold War, got blindsided by 9/11 and now want to pretend that Islam is not the problem it is, and always was, Russia.

    Rice is another Colin Powell – she looks the part but is clueless.

    Has America really fallen so low that the only way a Republican (RINO!) can get elected as president is is the candidate is Black AND a Woman ?

    • BagLady

      Just another sexless yes-lady, prepared to say anything to get wherever she thinks she wants to get. Christine Lagarde with colour.

    • bigjulie

      Such a candidacy is not what America wants, nor NEEDS!!

  • Gamal

    Condoleeza Rice was a lousy Secretary of State. She was better than Obama is now but that’s about it.

  • bob smith

    “Strong American leadership DOES make a difference.”

    well done!

  • 58trojan23

    My only comment is that Rice really blue it on Israel.

    • BagLady

      That’s blew by the way. “Blue” makes no sense.

  • 58trojan23

    Rice really blew it on Israel. Along with all the US Presidents, she didn’t have a clue to the history of Israel and the Land. Jerusalem has never been the capitol of any people group except the Jews. I agree with Glick; there is only a “One State Solution.”

    • bob smith

      I cannot disagree with you but I can add that if anyone is ‘blowing it’ at present it is the Jewish Knesset and the the Jewish people not to mention the disgraceful-democratic voting Jews of NYC.

      They need to stop freeing prisoners and stop giving in to kerry and the muslim in chief.

      • bigjulie

        We are the spare parts source for much of their military. Please understand that a large amount of deference has to be used in order to keep those parts coming.

        • bob smith

          that may be true but the alarming ‘leftism’ of American Jews and that growing faction in Israel is very disturbing…it’s as if they choose to walk the path to self-annihilation.

          • bigjulie

            Bob, I have friends connected to the IDF. These people are very capable and highly motivated warriors and above all, they love their country. Israel could not maintain the IDF (which is greatly respected by its adversaries) if they were all swinging to the left. The Israeli left runs on decibels, like the left here, but not much else. They need a strong American ally, which they do not have now.

  • BagLady

    President Obama wants to reduce the force level of the United States
    Army to its smallest size since 1940 and drop an entire class of Air
    Force attack jets.”

    We have drones. Why do we need expensive men?

    • Drakken

      Because shortbus, you cannot wage war with just drones, that is why.

    • UCSPanther

      A British Officer around WWI had a quote that more or less said that even with tanks and aircraft, you are going to have to have need of infantrymen to go in and drag the enemy out of their foxholes.

      • BagLady

        Nukes don’t recognise foxholes.

  • NAHALKIDES

    I’ll agree that Republicans need to point out the fecklessness of Obama’s foreign policy, but Condi Rice is no oracle to whom Republicans, much less Conservatives, should look to for foreign policy guidance. Every bad foreign policy idea George W. Bush had came from Rice. Note also her statement that “leaders can’t afford to get tired” while offering no apologies for her policy of endless nation-building rather than victory over an enemy (militant Islam) that to this day she still refuses to name. Americans are tired of being in Afghanistan for good reason – killing the Taliban and various Islamic terrorist groups should have been the objective and it should have been achieved years ago.

    • bigjulie

      Rice really had no foreign policy experience to begin with. Coupled with Bush, it was the blind leading the blind.

  • Zombee

    Condeleeza Rice would make a great president. She is the only one with the integrity ,intellect and the qualifications. Hillary is a mental midget in comparison.

    • Drakken

      If Condi Clueless is the best the repubs can throw out there, we are truly fooked.

  • Drakken

    If Condi Clueless is the best you can come up with as a SOS, we really are in deep trouble, for Condi was clueless then as she is now. For a Russian speaker, she didn’t have a bloody clue as to how the Russians operate, as to the muslims another epic fail of massive proportions. Powel was no better, so quit throwing out affirmative action hires as some sort of paragon of virtue, for they are not. For Condi Clueless to point out our feckless weakness to our enemies and friends alike really does show that we are really in desperate straights.

    • bigjulie

      I agree on the reference to “affirmative action” hires as being part of the Rovian wisdom-from-on-high advice to get in good with the American voter, but I consider both General Powell and Ms. Rice to be very capable people with very capable intellects. That, of course, does not make them immune to grinding axes given to them as a result of racial prejudice, especially for Ms Rice, who grew up in the South during strong apartheid attitudes. I would imagine that racially-based slights suffered by both of them would have required the Wisdom of Solomon to be called forth to overcome them.

  • USARetired

    Dr. Rice was the best Secretary of State this nation has seen, so congress best listen to what she has to say. It is to late for O’Bozo to listen to anyone or anything!

    • Drakken

      Condi Clueless doesn’t even make the top twenty SOS. Kerry by far is the worst, but holding up Condi Clueless as a paragon of virtue really is grasping at straws and extremely desperate.

      • Finrod Felagund

        Do you actually have any criticisms of substance, or just name-calling?

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice – our last competent Secretary of State – has been aggressive in criticizing President Obama’s failed foreign policy.

    Man…this writer is apparently as mentally incompetent when it comes to Condi “Appeaser” Rice as he is also on Islam and Muslims. All she did was preside over the day-to-day activities of the two biggest strategic blunders ever in Iraq and Afghanistan in American history. Moreover, she claimed that Israel’s treatment of the so-called Palestinians, who unbeknownst to her are not only waging a perpetual jihad against the Jewish infidels in Israel on behalf of the Islamic totalitarian war, but also against American infidels as well, was virtually the same as Bull Connor’s actions to enforce racial segregation and deny civil right to Blacks during the height of the civil rights campaign. Yet, somehow this moonbat portrays that pathetic incompetent as, “our last competent Secretary of State!” Unf…believable!

    And she has the experience and expertise to do so with authority.

    Of course, because she did such a wonderful job in Afghanistan and Iraq, especially when it came to the appointment of Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, who made sure that Sharia (Islamic totalitarian law) was enshrined in both countries’ respective constitutions and ensured at the same time that both countries would inevitably end up being Islamic totalitarian hellholes just like all the rest of them.

    Indeed, this loon probably believes she deserves to be on that panel that picks the playoff NCAA football teams also.

    Apparently, this writer is a neo-con loon who believes that Islam is a so-called “religion of peace” that is no different from other great religions, exactly like Condi “Appeaser” Rice and that other moron GWB! No wonder he is so dumb when he writes about Islam or Israel.

    the Republican Party better be listening and raise its collective voice against the dangerous path that Obama is taking this country down.

    Yeah right…one of the reasons I quit the Republican Party was because of incompetents like GWB, Condi “Appeaser” Rice, and Karl Rove. Indeed, I have a feeling this loon will be a big Jeb Bush supporter come 2016!

    Don’t worry Mr. Klein, I didn’t give myself anymore brain damage than necessary, as I quit reading after the first couple of paragraphs.

  • Ellman48

    Out NATO allies, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan have for decades been reliant and dependent on US military forces to safeguard their sovereignty and security from those who do or may threaten them: North Korea, China, Russia, etc. The US has fostered such dependence and funded it. Given our commitments this is not the time to weaken our military strength. However, we need at some point to encourage and even finance the buildup of native forces in our allied countries.

  • DENNIS X

    From a Sec. of Sate that failed to connect the dots and cost and cost 3000 amerikkkan lives . She has no creditability!

  • Guest

    2 comments – Does obummer know something about a nuke in NY that we don’t know? 2. How about Palin and Rice for Republican ticket.

  • bzby

    How soon we forget!! Ms. C Rice did more for Hezbollah and Iran than any other figure in the Bush Administration. She legitimized Hezbollah’s rocket army in the south of Lebanon and opposed any action to deprive Iran of nuclear weapons, actions that VP Cheney would have supported. To treat her like a heroic figure when she was anything but is a disgrace!
    BWM

  • DontMessWithAmerica

    Call me a racist but when you appoint a token black to a political office, whether qualified or not, you may pay the price for political correctness.

  • BagLady

    Our values and our interests require defense. As Ronald Reagan famously
    said, peace really only comes through strength. What are we doing? What
    are we doing when we’re talking about a defense budget that is so small
    that our military starts to tell us that we may not in fact be able to
    carry out all of the requirements put upon it?

    Only about the equivalent of the next seven most heavily armed countries in the world put together. What does the Pentagon/Inland Security want? Every cent?