George W. Bush and Dick Cheney Helped Iraqis Lose Their Country to Militants

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Thanks to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, Iraqis Lost Their Country to Insurgents (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

(OPINION) — Iraq is becoming a thorn in the side of America and we have no-one to blame but ourselves. Um, well, let’s just say, we can blame former president George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice and others, for this mess. We made a horrible mistake when we invaded Iraq on a lie — that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, but like former secretary of state Colin Powell said, “if you break it, you own it.” We are seeing the results of George Bush’s handiwork day by day as the country sinks into a civil war.

Slate writer Reihan Salam makes some ridiculous assertions in his latest article that we should re-intervene with good intentions. Really? That’s impossible, since they see us as the enemy. Then he pushes the notion that somehow, the U.S. has some magical power that can help it stave off catastrophe in the world. You know, President Obama can just wave a magical wand and all the problems will be fixed and averted. We can’t continue to send our young men and women in harm’s way, considering the price they pay when they get back — VA hospital, no jobs, etc.  Salam writes that a U.S. military presence could have mollified the Sunnis and prevented a civil war. So, our soldiers are babysitters now? What about the families of these soldiers?

The notion that we were wrong to go in but that we were also wrong to get out is hard to comprehend for many people. Once Americans collectively settled on the idea that the Iraq War was a disaster, it was perhaps inevitable that we’d want to wash our hands of the whole ordeal. President Obama appeared to do just that when he declared in December of 2011 that “we’re leaving behind a sovereign, stable, and self-reliant Iraq,” knowing full well that we were doing no such thing. The disaster that is the Iraq War did not end when the last convoy of U.S. combat troops left the country more than three years ago, as many of us are now learning as the fragile Iraqi state loses ground to Sunni extremists.

There are precious few people who’ve been right about Iraq from the start. One of them is Brent Scowcroft, who had served as national security adviser in the first Bush administration. Americans had two big opportunities to listen to Scowcroft on Iraq. We blew both of them.

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There are no easy answers as to what the United States should do next in Iraq. The U.S. has so far refused to launch drone strikes in support of the Iraqi government, though the Obama administration might still have a change of heart. Sunni militants are still on the march, and I have to assume that Iraqi Shias are not going to be in a compromising mood in the weeks and months to come. Kenneth Pollack, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution best known for having offered a very hedged, very cautious case for invading Iraq, has recommended that the U.S. government use Maliki’s desperation to its advantage by promising Iraq the military support it needs in exchange for sweeping political reform designed to create a more inclusive Iraqi government. But one wonders what might have happened had we listened to Scowcroft—had we kept a residual U.S. military force in Iraq to prevent this nightmare from having occurred in the first place.

The fact is, Iraq is a tragedy, but the U.S. must refrain from putting boots on the ground. Cooperation via an international coalition would be appropriate and not taking unilateral military involvement as George W. Bush engaged in. The horrors we are seeing today are the result of a failed Bush strategy, but the Republicans would have you think President Obama is the author and finisher of this mess. There are no easy answers, but another military intervention isn’t the answer.

Condoleezza Rice Backs Out of Rutgers Commencement Speech After Students Protest

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Condoleezza Rice Backs Out of Rutgers Commencement Speech After Students Protest

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice canceled her commencement address at Rutgers University after students and some faculty members protested her appearance.

Rice said in a statement Saturday that she informed Rutgers President Robert Barchi that she was declining the invitation.

“Commencement should be a time of joyous celebration for the graduates and their families,” Rice said. “Rutgers’ invitation to me to speak has become a distraction for the university community at this very special time.”

The school’s board of governors had voted to pay the former secretary of state under President George W. Bush and national security adviser $35,000 for her appearance at the May 18 ceremony.

But some students and faculty had protested, staging sit-ins and saying Rice bore some responsibility for the Iraq War as a member of the Bush administration. Barchi and other school leaders had resisted the calls to disinvite Rice, saying the university welcomes open discourse on controversial topics.

While the GOP freak-out over Benghazi hits a fever pitch, glad to see that the thousands of lives lost as a result of invading Iraq on a lie, have not been lost due to a short memory span.

 Condoleezza Rice Backs Out of Rutgers Commencement Speech After Students Protest

Rutgers University Faculty Blasts Selection of Condoleezza Rice as Commencement Speaker

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Rutgers University Faculty Denounce Selection of Condoleezza Rice as Commencement Speaker

Rutgers University New Brunswick Faculty Council is throwing Condoleezza Rice under a bus. They approved a resolution urging the university’s Board of Governors to rescind its invitation for Rice to speak at the commencement.

According to the Star Ledger, the Board of Governors had voted last month to award a honorary Doctor of Laws degree to Condoleezza Rice. She will be paid $35,000 for delivering the commencement address.

So, why do they want her out? The faculty council cited her war record and her misleading the public about the Iraq war during her tenure in the George W. Bush Administration.

“Condoleezza Rice … played a prominent role in (the Bush) administration’s effort to mislead the American people about the presence of weapons of mass destruction,” according to the resolution. And she “at the very least condoned the Bush administration’s policy of ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ such as waterboarding,” it said.

“A Commencement speaker… should embody moral authority and exemplary citizenship,” it continued, and “an honorary Doctor of Laws degree should not honor someone who participated in a political effort to circumvent the law.” Source: Star-Ledger

Fox News’ Juan Williams is asking why do liberals hate black conservatives so much. Do they really?

Republican National Committee Launches First-Ever Black History Month Ad Campaign

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RNC’s Black History Month Ad Campaign Highlights Black Republicans

The Republican National Committee (RNC) has launched a Black History Month ad campaign, as part of its minority outreach program. This should be very interesting… Guess who’s missing from the list of black Republicans the RNC is highlighting? Tea Party black extremist Allen West.

In recognition of Black History Month, the Republican National Committee today announced a series of paid advertisements placed with black media outlets in urban markets. It is a first of its kind ad buy recognizing the accomplishments of black Republicans making an impact on the American landscape.

The buy includes 30-second radio spots to run on Radio One network stations in the Washington, DC; Atlanta, Georgia; Cleveland, Ohio; and Detroit, Michigan, media markets. Print ads will run in The Washington Informer newspaper.

The radio ads highlight three accomplished black Republicans: Judge Sara J. Harper of Ohio, Dr. Louis Sullivan of Georgia and Michigan businessman Mr. William “Bill” Brooks. These three individuals are the 2014 honorees at the RNC’s 2nd Annual Black Republican Trailblazer Awards Luncheon on February 4, 2014.

The print ads pay tribute to nationally recognized black Republicans including former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; Senator Tim Scott; Saratoga Springs, Utah, Mayor Mia Love; Senator Hiram Revels, and Frederick Douglass.

“This Black History Month, we are excited about the unique opportunity to share the remarkable stories of black Republicans who have broken barriers and opened doors so that others may succeed. Recognizing these truly accomplished trailblazers through black media is an important opportunity to honor our past and build our future,” said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.

Listen to the Washington, DC ad here:http://bit.ly/1nNCXEw

Listen to the Atlanta, Georgia ad here: http://bit.ly/1ipfLsR Source: GOP.com

They are highlighting the accomplishments of black Republicans? Why not highlight the accomplishments of all black Americans, regardless of party affiliation? I have nothing against Mia Love or Sen. Tim Scott, but they’re hardly on the same level as Condoleezza Rice and Frederick Douglass.

Condoleezza Rice: Russia Slapped U.S. in Face With Edward Snowden Asylum

 

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Condoleezza Rice: Russia Slapped U.S. in Face With Edward Snowden Asylum

Former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice says President Obama was absolutely right to cancel one-on-one meeting the Russia President Vladimir Putin after fugitive NSA leaker Edward Snowden was granted temporary asylum.

Politico:  “The president is absolutely right not to go to Moscow for a bilateral conversation with Putin. There’s nothing to talk to about,” Rice, an expert in Russia, told Charlie Rose in an interview aired on “CBS This Morning.” “The slap in the face to the United States of America of giving asylum to Edward Snowden, the president absolutely cannot go to a bilateral conversation with Putin.”

Saying that the U.S. has few “overlapping interests” with Russia left, the former Bush administration official said it’s time to reevaluate dealing with the country.

Saying that the U.S. has few “overlapping interests” with Russia left, the former Bush administration official said it’s time to reevaluate dealing with the country.

 

Sen. John McCain Now Says President Obama, Not Susan Rice the Real Problem in Benghazi Attack

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Sen. John McCain Now Says President Obama, Not Susan Rice the Real Problem in Benghazi Attack (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

Sen. John McCain, who attacked UN ambassador Susan Rice over her talking points in the aftermath of the U.S. consulate attack in Benghazi, now says she could win him over during confirmation hearings, if she is nominated to replace Hillary Clinton, by President Obama. Um, really? During an appearance on “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace, he backtracked after his attacks on Rice were proven to be unfounded.

Host Chris Wallace then circled back, asking McCain if he was saying “she could conceivably get your vote for Secretary of State.”

“I think she deserves the ability and the opportunity to explain herself and her position,” McCain responded. “Just as she said. But, she’s not the problem. The problem is the president of the United States.” Source

The reality is that John McCain is losing credibility fast and it seems that he’s chewing on sour grapes over his loss to then-candidate Barack Obama in 2008. It’s amazing that he was quick to throw Susan Rice under a bus, but when there was clear evidence that the Bush Administration bungled the intelligence leading up to the September 11, 2001, terror attacks that claimed thousands of lives, we didn’t hear peep out of him on throwing Donald Rumsfeld or Condoleezza Rice under a bus.

Watch John McCain on Fox News Sunday:

 Sen. John McCain Now Says President Obama, Not Susan Rice the Real Problem in Benghazi Attack

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Endorses Mitt Romney, Cites His Leadership Abilities

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Condoleezza Rice Endorses Mitt Romney, Cites His Leadership Abilities(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice endorsed Mitt Romney for president citing his leadership abilities. Rice, who has often been mentioned as a possible vice presidential pick for Romney because of her vast foreign policy experience, endorsed Romney as he appeared at a fundraiser in California last night, saying he understand the nation’s special place in the world. It would be interesting to now hear who Colin Powell will endorse. I believe he will also endorse Mitt Romney.

“If America is going to rebuild its strength at home, rebuild its sense of who we are, it needs a leader that also understands how really exceptional the United States of America is, and is not afraid to lead on the basis of that exceptionalism,” Rice told about 300 donors. “The only thing that people dislike more than unilateral American leadership is no American leadership at all.” Source

Condoleezza Rice would be a more credible vice presidential pick because should could also help him secure women’s votes and potentially draw black voters, who have largely been loyal to President Obama. While some blacks view her as a “sell-out” for working with George W. Bush, I think she brings a lot to the table and should be admired for what she has done for this country. I don’t think the black votes would flee from Obama on her behalf, but nonetheless, she would be a great vice presidential pick. She would be one reason I would give Mitt Romney a second look. She is far more credible than the current vice president Joe Biden.

 Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Endorses Mitt Romney, Cites His Leadership Abilities

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Says America Will Never be “Race Blind”

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice appears on Thanksgiving edition of “Face the Nation,” says U.S. will never be “race blind” and race and poverty issues are still a “terrible witch’s brew.”

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Condoleezza Rice says U.S. will never be "race blind." (Wikipedia)

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says U.S. will “never be race blind,” though GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain would have you believe otherwise. Ms. Rice, who appeared on the Thanksgiving edition of “Face the Nation,” said “America has come a long way in confronting racial inequality, but it will never be “race blind” and race and poverty issues are still a “terrible witch’s brew.” She said growing in Birmingham, Ala., during the height of the civil rights unrest “shaped me fundamentally.” You would never hear that from the lips of Herman Cain.

“My family had to persevere under those circumstances to educate all of us, and to insist that we might not be able to control our circumstances but we could control our response,” Rice told CBS’ Bob Schieffer. Since those days, Rice argued, a lot of things have changed. “We have a black president. We’ve had two black secretaries of state. We have black CEOs. Obviously African Americans are pushing way into territories that, probably, my grandparents would never have thought possible,” she said. Source

Isn’t it amazing that Condoleezza Rice and Herman Cain both grew up in the Deep South during the struggle for racial equality and they both have a different recollection of the series of events that unfolded. Um, Herman Cain chose to sit in the back of the bus comfortably playing the role of a house rat, while Condoleezza Rice’s family didn’t run from the struggle but taught her how to overcome and persevere.

 Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Says America Will Never be Race Blind

Condoleezza Rice Tells Herman Cain Don’t Pull the Race Card in Sexual Harassment Fallout

Condoleezza Rice tells Herman Cain not to pull the race card in the sexual harassment scandal engulfing his campaign, as one of his accusers seeks to go public.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is offering the embattled Herman Cain some advice in the sexual harassment settlement fallout — don’t pull the race card. Good words of wisdom, but the train has already left the station in this mess. Herman Cain and his team bungled this terribly. He said the attacks on him are racially motivated. Really? How about the scandals that torpedoed presidential aspirations of John Kerry and Michael Dukakis?

If this is how he handles a controversy as a private figure, imagine what he would do as president of the U.S.A. Some on the right claim this is a high-tech lynching and a throwback to Clarence Thomas’ sexual harassment scandal that came to a head during his Supreme Court confirmation hearings, when we saw his accuser, Anita Hill, grilled by the Senate. To Herman Cain and people like Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter, you can pull the race card when it convenient to you. That will certainly backfire.

It is quite evident that Herman Cain’s meteoric rise in the polls is being reduced to nothing more than a national joke. He should have known that his “little secret” would come to light at some point. Either he is narcissistic or just plain arrogant into thinking he could have pulled this off without the press getting wind of two sexual harassment settlements in his past. The reality is that stonewalling, semantic denials, hurling accusations of a smear job, partial explanations, that we can clearly see through and using weasel words to steer clear of the conversation, won’t make the questions or this mess go away.

What will be equally damning is if the accuser, who is rearing to come forward, is a white woman. Herman Cain would have diminished his stature even more, by embodying that stereotype of black men fawning over white women.  The reality is that this scandal really magnifies the political naivete of Herman Cain and shows us quite clearly, he isn’t ready for the White House, not by any stretch of the imagination.

Misha Lerner, Fourth-Grader, Presses Condoleezza Rice on Waterboarding During Appearance at Synagogue, School Wanted Child to Omit the Word "Torture"

Condoleezza Rice thought she was safe by appearing at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue to give an evening lecture. This was her first appearance in Washington D.C. since leaving office. Just days after telling students at Stanford University that waterboarding was legal “by definition if it was authorized by the president,” she was pressed on the matter by a fourth grader, Misha Lerner, who asked her: What did Rice think about the things President Obama’s administration was saying about the methods the Bush administration had used to get information from detainees? This was probably a shock to her, since the previous questions were softball — What was it like growing up in segregated Birmingham, Ala.? What skill did she want to be best known for? I bet she thought was was on easy street.

I will give Ms. Rice credit for being graceful under stress. I know she must have been swearing under her breath. She said that she was reluctant to criticize President Obama, a notion that former VP Dick Cheney ought to look into. Yeah, Condi is not slouch. Herein lies the basis for her argument for signing off on the use of waterboarding — President Bush gave them permission to use that technique. I can see who will be holding the bag — President Bush and Dick Cheney.

“Let me just say that President Bush was very clear that he wanted to do everything he could to protect the country. After September 11, we wanted to protect the country,” she said. “But he was also very clear that we would do nothing, nothing, that was against the law or against our obligations internationally. So the president was only willing to authorize policies that were legal in order to protect the country.” She added: “I hope you understand that it was a very difficult time. We were all so terrified of another attack on the country. September 11 was the worst day of my life in government, watching 3,000 Americans die. . . . Even under those most difficult circumstances, the president was not prepared to do something illegal, and I hope people understand that we were trying to protect the country.” Source: Washington Post

The school deliberately forced the student to tone down his question and take out the word “torture.” Isn’t that censoring? According to his mother, Inna Lerner, said the question her son had initially come up with was even tougher: “If you would work for Obama’s administration, would you push for torture?””They wanted him to soften it and take out the word ‘torture.’ But the essence of it was the same,” Lerner said. I am glad he asked Condi Rice such a tough question because she needs to be in the hot seat for illegal tactics the Bush Administration engaged in.

Rice touched off a firestorm last week when she told students at Stanford a bare-faced lie that “we did not torture anyone.”

“The president instructed us that nothing we would do would be outside of our obligations, legal obligations, under the Convention Against Torture,” Rice said at Stanford, before adding: “And so, by definition, if it was authorized by the president, it did not violate our obligations under the Convention Against Torture.” Source: Washington Post

Wow, isn’t this comment a throw-back to former President Richard M. Nixon’s statement, which gained notoriety — “When the president does it, that means it is not illegal.” Condi Rice, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, President Bush, and all the others who were privy to Bush’s inner circle that led to the decision to torture, should be investigated for war crimes.