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Russian Crisis Reveals Condi Rice as Worst Secretary of State Ever


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Blue
- 3932 days ago - huffingtonpost.com
Rice supposed to be an "expert" on Russia. But it is her Cold War mentality and extreme hawkishness that allowed her to rise through the ranks within the U.S. foreign policy establishment.



   

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Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday August 12, 2008, 7:37 pm


Condi Rice might have had an oil tanker named after her by Chevron but she was a terrible National Security Advisor and is even worse as Secretary of State. As President George W. Bush's foreign policy tutor she botched all the warnings leading up to the September 11th attacks. She lied to the American people about "smoking guns" and "mushroom clouds," and she lied to Congress about the administration's goals and motives for the Iraq war. She should never have been confirmed as Secretary of State but the Bidens and the Clintons and the Lugars of the Senate voted for her despite her many failings and basic intellectual dishonesty.

But the worst was yet to come.

As Secretary of State, Condi Rice never really employed what we might call "diplomacy" toward Russia. She is supposed to be an "expert" on Russia. But her Cold War mentality and extreme hawkishness was really what allowed her to rise through the ranks within the U.S. foreign policy establishment in the first place. When Reaganites were calling for more nuclear missiles aimed at the Soviet Union, Condi wanted even more overkill; when the hawks called for arming "freedom fighters" in Central America to stave off "Soviet expansionism," Condi wanted to commit even more American resources and military personnel to the cause. Whatever the Right wanted during the Cold War, Condi wanted more. She caught the attention of the Republican hawks and the rest is history.

But as Secretary of State all she did vis--vis the Russians was needlessly antagonize them. The entire Bush policy toward Russia can be summed up in two words: "NATO Expansion." Condi pushed hard for the Czech "missile defense" system, and for the breakaway independence of Kosovo, initiatives that make little sense unless viewed through an outmoded Cold War prism. Calling for expanding NATO into Ukraine and Georgia was unnecessarily provocative.

Now, with the Russian military action in Abkhazia and South Osetia, all the United States can do is make hollow threats. Unless George Bush and John McCain want to initiate a military draft in this country they should put to rest their blustering and posturing toward their old Cold War enemy.

The United States cannot do anything. Especially after eight years of Bush's repeated and routine violations of international law. Bush recently lectured the Chinese on "human rights" when he tortures prisoners and holds people without due process (and executed 152 people in Texas). Now we hear him tongue-wag Vladimir Putin for his incursion into Georgia. This belated moral rectitude regarding the sanctity of international borders comes from the Conqueror of Baghdad who lied to the world via the United Nations, invaded a nation of 27 million far from any U.S. border, and continues an illegal military occupation.

Those of us who opposed the Iraq war before it was launched argued that violating international law would undermine future efforts by the United States to hold other powers accountable for similarly lawless behavior. Well, here we are.

 

Linda H (199)
Tuesday August 12, 2008, 7:44 pm
She is not good that is for sure and with that picture,Blue, She is down right scary! Nice going with this,Blue!
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday August 13, 2008, 3:05 pm
CondoLIEzza Rice is "in the pocket of BIG OIL" for sure!
 

Marion Y (322)
Wednesday August 13, 2008, 4:59 pm
I knew she was no good long before this incident.

That pic of her is photo-shopped to make her appear like a demon
 

Gregory S (257)
Wednesday August 13, 2008, 5:31 pm
Sadly accurate.
 

Peace Monger (185)
Thursday August 14, 2008, 1:34 am
Good post Blue! Truth about CONdi needs to be gotten out to more Americans, she is indeed in the pocket of Big Bu$ine$$!
Marion, I find the manipulated image of her to be fitting, she is a fox in sheep's clothing. Or...something like that! ;)
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday August 14, 2008, 2:28 am
Condoleeza Rice At Stanford. Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times, 1/16/05 [Editor's Note: ... controversy of Rice's tenure involved the treatment of women and minorities. But critics say Rice was harsh, even ruthless, during her administration, the one time in her gilded career she has overseen a large institution. Improbably, the youngest provost in Stanford history and the first black and woman to hold the post helped prompt a Labor Department probe into the treatment of women and minorities.....But detractors say Rice's moves were made more brutal by the imperious way she carried them out. "She was extremely autocratic in her style," said Albert H. Hastorf, a psychology professor and former Stanford provost. "She didn't brook anyone disagreeing with her."
 

Marion Y (322)
Thursday August 14, 2008, 12:35 pm
Blue Bunting...Why am I not surprised? Rice is an embarrassment to all blacks, minorities and females in general.

I listened to her this morning telling Russia to back off from Georgia, and that this is not 1968. I wondered how she can even put her lips together and warn Russia after what the U.S. has savagely (and illegaly) done to Iraq.

Unbelievable!
 

Nadia S (0)
Thursday August 14, 2008, 1:00 pm
I'm amazed!?!


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Louise L (48)
Thursday August 14, 2008, 1:41 pm
The only good thing about Rice is that she'll be packing up her tent and hitting the road with the rest of the clowns from this administration. It's way past time for reality, for someone who knows the score to have her position. Thanks, Blue.
 

Terry Bitzel (1)
Thursday August 14, 2008, 7:35 pm
I have ALWAYS mistrusted Condi, she is nothing but a puppet to Bush, and is most likely an expert liar. I cannot wait for her departure, along with the rest of Bush's cronies! What an embarrassment this administration has been to the US and the world! We have lost so much credibility with the rest of the world, it is unbelievable! It is a relection of how stupid Americans have become as a whole! It is shameful!
 

Locan Sleeping-Squirrel (209)
Thursday August 14, 2008, 7:37 pm
It is very refreshing to read posts with actual truth cited as fact. I would only add that there were warnings. The alleged "leading expert" on the Soviet Union didn't see the Berlin wall coming down and was just as surprised as the rest of us. I was just thinking this disaster of an administration is the answer to the question asked in that same era, "Why can't government be run like a bussiness?"

I never thuoght of the "Peter Principle" outside of my own sense inadaquecy before. The dirtbags that put her in this position are guilty of war crimes. I would include any one stupid enough to cast a ballot for them, not to mention the highest court in the land santioning the coup in the first place.
 

Clever Pseudonym (176)
Friday August 15, 2008, 4:26 am
Actually the eyes remind me of the demonized photos of coal mining immigrants 100 years ago but we didn't need another world crisis for Condisleeza to proof her non-worth. She reached absolute zero long before this.
Nadia's quote sums it up.
 

Clever Pseudonym (176)
Friday August 15, 2008, 4:49 am
Here's a nice Condi & George one I just made:

http://dingo.care2.com/pictures/c2c/galleries/albums/100/101403986/Not_cafepress/backhand.bmp
 

Mick Gill (119)
Friday August 15, 2008, 5:50 am
Hum I it not true that Russia is Bankrupt then who would say it has the worlds worst government
 

Mick Gill (119)
Friday August 15, 2008, 5:52 am
Hum Is it not true that Russia is Bankrupt then who would say it has the worlds worst government


(corrections made)
 

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Friday August 15, 2008, 8:44 am
Oh I don't know,, she made sure all of her personal friends knew not to fly on 9/11/2001

Condoleeza Rice Warned Willie Brown Not To Fly On 911
http://www.rense.com/general50/wwse.htm

http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/article.asp?ID=1000


 

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Friday August 15, 2008, 8:47 am
This evil woman will someday write a book and get away with it:(
How soon can she be trialed for crimes against humanity?

Noted with thanks Blue Bunting
 

. (0)
Friday August 15, 2008, 5:24 pm
This woman is treading on thin ice believe me, before Katrina hit she was over there trying to get Iseral to give up there land. Then it hit big time. She's over again and trying to get them to give over the land again. I'm telling you these are Gods choosen people he will not let anything happen to them, so hang on people we are about to take another wild ride. For he said it the Bible from this day and into all gernations they will be called my choosen people and I will be with them. Thanks Blue Bunting
 
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