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“We Got It Right,” Says Condi Rice

There is an old adage about try, try again until you get it right. Little did we realize that was the motto of the Bush administration in 2003 when it launched the invasion of Iraq in search of the ever elusive WMD. Former Secretary of State under Bush, Condoleezza Rice told an audience at the University of Hong Kong that in the end we got it right. “We didn’t understand how broken Iraq was as a society and we tried to rebuild Iraq from Baghdad out. And we really should have rebuilt Iraq outside Baghdad in.” Ms. Rice said more attention should have been made to work with tribal leaders, but we “finally got it right” in 2006. She also reaffirmed the Bush belief that Saddam Hussein was a threat to the Middle East and the world.

I am confident parents and wives of the 4,000 who died while Condi and George were trying to figure out how to get “it right” are now comforted from this statement. Of course, if Condi and George and Dick and Don had actually listened to Middle Eastern experts they could have gotten it right in 2003 and saved not only time and money, but thousands of lives. Ms. Rice is a former college professor and supposedly a scholar. This statement stinks of politics, not of scholarship.

Condi Rice– History Will Praise Bush!

Secretary of State Condi Rice admitted the Bush administration had not met all of its goals, but historians in the future will place George Bush among the list of distinguished presidents. She insisted the Bush administration had brought peace to the Arab world and had driven al-Qaeda from Iraq and brought freedom to that nation. “Over time I think the fact that America has stood for the Arab world and for the Arabs to have the same rights and the same ability to live in freedom as we have, that will ultimately be respected.” She admitted the Israel-Palestine conflict had not yet been resolved, but since Bush entered the peace process it was now moving along.

George Bush is often fond of recalling the low popularity of President Harry Truman during the Korean War and how history has subsequently proven that he was on the right track. The trouble with the Bush analogy is that while Truman’s public opinion standing had declined, he was highly praised by historians in the forties and fifties. Historians recognized that Truman was ahead of the American people. Sorry, Condi, few historians have a similar view of Bush today.

Rice insists the war against al-Qaeda is winning in Iraq as justification for the invasion of Iraq. Condi Rice has a Ph.D and is a foreign policy expert so we can assume she knows full well there were NO al-Qaeda in Iraq prior to the Bush invasion. In 2001, al-Qaeda was a small group but thanks to Bush it has now become an important international force.

I suspect George Bush will be fighting Millard Fillmore in the future for being the most incompetent president in history.

Pakistan Pleads With US To Halt Drone Attacks

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari met with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in an effort to persuade American military leaders to cease sending drones to attack suspect militants hiding in tribal regions of northwest Pakistan. A government spokesman said Zardari had tried to get across to the Bush administration, “these drone attacks are unproductive, and they are contributing to alienation as opposed to winning people over.” Missiles are believed to be fired from unmanned planes and there have been a reported 18 such attacks since August. Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahood Qureshi emphasized the attacks invariably cause the death of innocent civilians which creates anger among many in the community and thus aids efforts of al-Qaeda.

President elect Barack Obama said he will discuss these issues with Pakistan. “Because Pakistan is of the view that military means is not the be-all and the end-all.” Hopefully, Obama will listen to the voices of Pakistan and readjust US military strategy.

Rice Visit To Israel-Much Ado About Nothing

Nine months have passed since President Bush and Secretary of State Condi Rice convened a meeting at Annapolis which allegedly was supposed to hammer out a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Words were spoken, meetings held in which both sides postured and planted invisible lines in the sand beyond which they would not go, and, in the end, as all political analysts predicted, nothing was ever accomplished. Secretary of State Rice is once again winging her way to Jerusalem in hope of getting some sort of agreement so the Bush administration, prior to leaving office, can claim credit for some sort of Middle Eastern agreement. Both sides have significant differing views about Jerusalem and the West Bank which relate to the final boundary lines of a Palestinian state.
John McCain would love going into the campaign being able to tell Jewish voters the Republican party accomplished something in the way of dealing with Israel’s problems.

The reality is Prime Minister Olmert is stepping down under a cloud of suspicion about dealing with charges of corruption. Foreign Minister Livni, who hopes to succeed him, is in no way ready to grant anything substantive to the Palestinians while she strives to become the new prime minister, and President Abbas is determined to obtain certain goals related to the West Bank and east Jerusalem. Rice is under heavy attack for her inept performance in the Georgia crisis where she came across as lost and without any sensible ideas. She wants some figment of success before she heads home. Unfortunately, Rice will leave Jerusalem as she arrived — no deal.

New Zealand Students Offer Reward To Arrest Condi Rice!

New Zeland police are very ‘disturbed” by the decision of the Auckland University Students’ Association offer of $5,000 to anyone who would carry out a citizen’s arrest of visiting US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Superintendent Brett England said anyone who attempts to cross police lines during her visit to Auckland this weekend will be stopped. ‘Operational planning for this visit has been in the making for several months and there are highly effective security measures I please, so I would strongly advise the association representatives who’ve put this challenge out, to withdraw it immediately so as to avoid being caught up in something much bigger than they may have anticipated.”

AUSA president David Do said the arrest would be for her role in “overseeing the illegal invasion and continued occupation of Iraq…. Student associations in New Zealand have a long history of being involved in fighting for global justice, dating back to student involvement in the 1981 anti-Springbok tour protests and the US war in Indochina in the 1960s and 1970s.”

Conventional wisdom is to regard this as a showboat activity on the part of students, but whether by design or inadvertently, the students are raising important issues. Should those in the Bush administration who lied to the American people about reasons for invading Iraq be held responsible in a court of law? Does the International Criminal Court have the right to issue warrants for Bush and his fellow conspirators who caused the death of over 4,000 Americans and the deaths of thousands of Iraqis? If a Serbian murderer can be arrested, why not American murderers?

Condi Rice Shows Exit Door To Darth Vader Cheney

The violence of fighting in Iraq is only exceeded by the virulent angry in-fighting within the Bush administration. In the latest episode of who has the ear of the president, Secretary of State Condoeezza Rice clearly demonstrated she now sits on the right hand side at the throne of King George II. She was behind the dramatic shift in Administration policy which breaks from previous stands of no interaction with Iran to one in which a high ranking officer in the State Department has been sent to participate in discussions with Iran. “The point that we’re making,” said Rice, “is the United States is firmly behind this diplomacy, firmly behind and unified with our allies and hopefully the Iranian will take that message.”

Her decision to send William Burns to attend talks with Iran in Geneva has unleashed cries of anger and fury among conservatives all over Washington D.C. and the nation. John Bolton, former UN envoy for President Bush, angrily commented: “This is a complete capitulation on the whole idea of suspending enrichment. Just when the administration has no more U-turns, it does another.” What will he say if Secretary of State Rice proceeds with rumored re-opening of a diplomatic presence in Tehran?

Reports from observers said Iran’s Foreign Minister Maoucher Mottaki was visibly stunned to receive information about America’s participation in talks with Iran. He sent a letter to Rice in which he emphasized there was an opportunity to “find common ground through logical and constructive actions.”

A cynic might raise the issue as to whether Condoleezza Rice is considering the idea of entering the political arena and by recasting herself from the angel of war into the angel of peace she may be opening new political possibilities in her life.

Get Thee to Iraq Demands State Department!

The United States State Department has informed its diplomats they may be required to do a tour of duty in the hell hole known as Baghdad. A similar call-up notice last year created an uproar among foreign service officers who apparently don’t want to be placed in a war situation. Unfortunately, the State Department is facing a staffing crisis. An April 8th cable revealed, “We face a growing shortage of supply and demand in the 2009 staffing cycle” which noted more than 20% of the nearly 12,000 foreign service officers already have worked in the two major hardship posts of Iraq and Afghanistan. The “prime candidate” list identifies those with special skills such as proficiency in language as individuals who most probably will go into combat, diplomatically that is.

An estimated 300 Baghdad slots will come open in May and many will be filled by “directed assignments,” which means you will go or you will not serve in the State Department. Last year the slots were filled due to the willingness of some to volunteer, but if there is a lack of sufficient volunteers, the slots are filled by forcing men and women to serve where they do not wish to serve.

Secretary of State Condi Rice told the press on Tuesday she was personaly offended by the critical comments of some diplomats who questioned the ethics of sending foreign service officers into areas they felt were life threatening. She termed their comments, which were made at an open forum held by the State Department, to “cast a very bad light on the foreign service.” Of course, Secretary Rice flies in and out of combat areas under heavy guard which is not available to the average foreign service worker. One can only wonder why she holds an open forum to solicit ideas and then becomes angry when people express their ideas.

The Housing Expansion Will Continue, Says Israel

As the world seeks a new beginning in resolution of the Israel-Palestinian conflict, leaders of the Israel government are determined to proceed with policies as is and refuse to make any alternations in altering the status quo. Rafi Eltan, Minister of Jerusalem Affairs, claims, “no promise was ever given to anyone that we wouldn’t continue to build in Har Homa because it is within the municipal borders of Jerusalem.” Housing plans call for construction of 100 apartments in east Jerusalem and the West Bank. US Secretary of State Condi Rice has termed building in Har Homa an “unhelpful” action. Peace Now Director-General Yariv Oppenhemier termed the decision a hindrance to diplomatic negotiation “before they’ve begun. Despite the government’s declarations that it would freeze construction, the 2008 budget proves that things will look differently on the ground.”

There comes a point in any conflict in which each side has to hold back from actions that are considered their right to carry out in hope that long-term consequences will take precedence. This is not the time for claiming that since no one told me I couldn’t do it, I will proceed along the path I desire. Palestinian and Israel negotiators must have the freedom to proceed without actions that only hamper success. There is little doubt the issue of east Jerusalem is a central point in any negotiations and building new apartments in order to expand Israel control only serves to hurt negotiations.

Bush/Rice–Be Tough Or Be Positive With North Korea?

Secretary of State Rice took a firm stand on how the United States should deal with the North Korean government. She stated the Pyongang regime is not one the “United States is prepared to engage broadly.” and is running out of time to present a complete list by December 31 of all nuclear programs in the country. “It remains,” said Rice, “a country that is dangerously armed and a considerable threat on both the proliferation front and its own program.”However, the North Korean government is offering a view in which they are working closely with the United States and hope all problems are over between the two nations. Republican senators, Brownback, Kyl, Grassley, and independent Joseph Liberman urged Rice to take a tough stand and demand preconditions prior to engaging in further discussions. However, Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer urged that “whatever has occurred in the past is not occurring now,” and negotiators should focus on the present rather than becoming trapped in the past.

Ironically, the South Korean government which is probably the most threatened by any North Korea action, is proceeding in a positive direction with its northern neighbor. China is working closely with North Korea to ensure its compliance with agreements concerning ending nuclear development. But, the Bush administration can not shake its hostility and insistence that North Korea is lying or refusing to cooperate. Perhaps, a more positive approach will create a sense of trust among North Koreans and assist in their movement toward a stance in which all assistance to violent groups ends.