Condoleezza Rice

"Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice helpfully explained it all for us. The problem is that we are living in an alternative reality. What we think we know is not true. We have always had enough troops in Iraq. There are 120,000 trained Iraqi soldiers ready to take over. The president has condemned torture, so what else is there to say? Why torture happened, whose fault it is, and why it is still happening at Guantanamo is not a problem because the president has condemned it. Secretary Rice also condemns it, so why raise questions about the fact that she wrote a letter to get an anti-torture clause in the intelligence appropriation bill taken out?

"What, do you want to insult her integrity? (Molly Ivins. "Misguided." Texas Observer, Feb. 4, 2005: 14).

"Condoleezza Rice may be the apple of U.S. President George W. Bush's eye, but in Europe her nomination as Secretary of State is being met with disappointment and dismay...

"In my view, Rice, an academic Soviet expert, has been the worst national security adviser since the Reagan administration's bumbling William Clark, whose only foreign affairs experience, wags said, came from eating at the International House of Pancakes.

"But Rice is totally loyal to Bush, a consummate yes-woman in an administration prizing subservience and the party line...

"...under Rice, defence, state and CIA were at each other's throats. She allowed the president to humiliate himself over Iraq's non-existent weapons, Saddam's uranium and "drones of death."

"After the European powers refused to join the trumped-up Iraq war, Rice famously advised Bush to "punish France, ignore Germany, and forgive Russia." Bush followed this amateurish, vindictive misadvice, seriously damaging U.S.-Europe relations and helping advance dictatorship in Russia..." (Eric Margolis. "World Eschews Rice." Toronto Sun. November 21, 2004).

"Condoleezza Rice, who was one of the most inept National Security Advisers of all time and who was shamefully asleep at the wheel on 9/11, now is Secretary of State" ("Musical Chairs." The Progressive, May, 2005: 8-10).

Colby Glass, MLIS