Saturday, January 13, 2007

Secretary of Distate

To a certain extent my heart goes out to Condoleezza Rice having to serve as Secretary of State. To a certain extent my heart would have to go out to any individual serving as Secretary of State right now. This has got to be one of the worst jobs in the world, trying to be a distinguished diplomat and statesperson who makes sense and sounds intelligent while working for Cheney's CASH COW otherwise known as the Bush Administration.

I got into a tiny spat with Liza some time ago about whether Colin Powell should have resigned prior to making that god awful speech to the UN identifying water trucks as weapons of mass destruction. Liza's position was that Powell should have resigned, if I recall correctly, long before the disastrous speech when it became clear that he was working for an at best stupid, and at worst, malicious and evil force. I argued that resignation may not have been a viable option at the time given all that was going on.

Liza may or may not be right about Powell. It is fairly safe to say that the speech has crippled his future possibilities in many areas. Rice, today, is in a horrible position, and for what little it is worth, I think the longer she stays in that slot the more she hurts herself. From this little blogger's acknowledged limited perspective, she should quit. What if, instead of the excruciating semantic games about "augmentation" she just up and told the White House to pound salt, resigned, and wrote a fascinating book about the whole fiasco?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr. Rice is going to be just fine.

What you are not aware of is the promises being made to her. When this is over she will sit on nice boards and make super bucks.

1/13/2007 12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr. Rice is one of the most intelligent morons ever to fail in the translation of knowledge to real practical governmental experience at the NSA and now State.

Perhaps she was placed in an entirely wrong position by Bush at NSA as she failed to heed that now infamous memo: "Bin Laden Determined to Attack within the United States", that spelled out Al Qaeda's desire to use airplanes as weapons.

Then, her mishandling of the political and security element in post "mission-accomplished" Iraq is nothing short of criminal.

Read State of Denial and you will see a very unflattering picture painted of someone who failed in almost all ways to apply their knowledge to reality...or, if she was aware of what she was doing, she may be a traitor to the United States, joining with George W. Bush in failing to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

I have ZERO sympathy for her, as I am certain that she will join George W. Bush in Hell.

1/13/2007 5:37 PM  
Blogger Liza said...

I agree with the second "anonymous" above. Condileeza Rice sold out a long time ago. And, when the current administration finally vacates the White House, she will have many lucrative offers from those who reaped the benefits of this regime.

I felt that Colin Powell should have resigned rather than deliver his ill fated speech before the UN Security Council. Colin Powell was not a member of the Project for the New American Century, but you can bet that he knew exactly who he was working for. Besides that, even the public had access to enough information to understand the true motivation for invading Iraq and to seriously doubt the existence of "weapons of mass destruction." None of this is 20/20 hindsight.

However, Colin Powell is interesting in one respect and this is really all I have to say about him. If he had resigned and not given that speech, someone else would have. And, we would have invaded Iraq and everything would be just as it is. The only difference would be that Colin Powell would be an international hero and very possibly the first African American president of the US, if that were his choice.

My point about Colin Powell is that he failed to understand or to act on his moment in history and this is the difference between a visionary leader and an average person. Colin Powell showed the world that he might be a good soldier who acted on his orders, but he is not a great man and he is not a visionary. He had his moment, and he blew it.

What if Martin Luther King had not understood his moment in history and had not acted on it?

1/13/2007 7:01 PM  
Blogger Dogma said...

Condi just isn't that bright... She may have been a great professor of political science; but as a stateswoman, she sucks!

1/18/2007 3:56 PM  
Blogger x4mr said...

When I was home for the holidays, as I mentioned in an earlier post, I met a retired history teacher who is sharp and very informed.

I asked her about Rice, since I had really no decent information as to whether this woman was sharp, etc..

Wasn't she Chancellor of Stanford or something?

Well, this history teacher knows folks who went to school with Rice and knew her well.

I agree with Dogma and the rest of you. This woman is not that bright, not that gifted, and got where she is as a result of dynamics I will not speak.

It's been said many times here and elsewhere. What a disastrous administration.

1/18/2007 11:31 PM  
Blogger Dogma said...

I came to my own personal conclusions about Rice after taking a graduate class in international relations. The professor, a Romanian transplant, assigned several articles written by Condi for critical review. It was both amazing and appalling to critically read just about anything Condi has written. She strings together unrelated facts, giving them the appearance of being related, like no one’s business. The rest are composed mostly of intellectual platitudes or accepted wisdom (i.e., filler or some else’s thoughts). Like the President she serves, she is the worst Secretary of State this country has seen in living memory.

1/19/2007 7:42 PM  
Blogger Liza said...

I don't think that you would find a genious, a brilliant mind, or even a wise person in the entire Bush administration. Just look at their agenda - cut taxes for the wealthiest of citizens, cut taxes for the wealthiest of corporations, cut spending on social programs, revise all remaining social programs so that they benefit corporations, create trade agreements that maximize poverty and enrich multi-national corporations, reduce or eliminate three decades of environmental laws, invade Iraq to obtain strategic locations for permanent military bases, to privatize Iraqi oil, and to establish American global hegemony, and so on...

This is not the agenda of visionary leaders or even adequate leaders. It is the agenda of idealogues, fools, and madmen.

The real question is, why are they where they are?

1/20/2007 8:58 AM  

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