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Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza RiceDoes anyone but me find it interesting that Condoleezza Rice can spend hours attacking Richard Clarke, quoting reams of internal memos and emails to supposedly rebutt him, but can’t be bothered to testify herself before the 9/11 commission?

Richard Clarke was apparently respected enough to serve in four consecutive administrations, including the conservative Reagan and Bush I years. One explanation being put forward is that Clarke is just disgruntled because he was ignored, and Rice has said that he was not always “in the loop.” According to her official government biography Rice during that time:

In June 1999, she completed a six year tenure as Stanford University’s Provost, during which she was the institution’s chief budget and academic officer. … As professor of political science, Dr. Rice has been on the Stanford faculty since 1981 and has won two of the highest teaching honors — the 1984 Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 1993 School of Humanities and Sciences Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching.

In other words, despite a few stints as a special advisor for this or that, she was an academic. In fact, her specialty was arms control and Russian relations. Nothing against academics, but if you keep someone on staff with 20 or more years of practical experience wouldn’t you value and seek out their advice and input?

I guess having Chevron name an oil tanker after you can go to your head.

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