January 19, 2005

I told you I was pissy

(note - read previous post first if you have not seen it)

Let me take a moment to go off on Condoleeza Rice, who had it coming in her confirmation hearings. This partisan patsy has no business being promoted to Secretary of State. She openly acknowledged that she didn't do her (current) job when she let others take the fall for the uranium tube incident, saying she was "unaware" of things going on around her. Luckily for her, the Bush admin. has a policy of rewarding failure, but now Condi has to face the squad outside Penn Ave. She is directly responsible for making Iraq into a squirming petri dish of armed terrorists.

Barbara Boxer spoke from the collective "id" yesterday in this exchange:

BOXER: Now, you rolled out the idea and then you had to convince the people as you made your case with the president. And I personally believe -- this is my personal view -- that your loyalty to the mission you were given, to sell this war, overwhelmed your respect for the truth. And I don't say it lightly. And I'm going to go into the documents that show your statements and the facts at the time....

I am giving their [the soldiers'] families, as we all are here, all the support they want and need. But I also will not shrink from questioning a war that was not built on the truth.

Now, perhaps the most well-known statement you've made was the one about Saddam Hussein launching a nuclear weapon on America with the image of quote, quoting you, "a mushroom cloud." That image had to frighten every American into believing that Saddam Hussein was on the verge of annihilating them if he was not stopped.

RICE: Senator, I have to say that I have never, ever lost respect for the truth in the service of anything. It is not my nature. It is not my character. And I would hope that we can have this conversation and discuss what happened before and what went on before and what I said, without impugning my credibility or my integrity...

But, Senator Boxer, we went to war, not because of aluminum tubes. We went to war because this was the threat of weapons of mass destruction in the hands of a man against whom we had gone to war before, who threatened his neighbors, who threatened our interests, who was one of the world's most brutal dictators and it was high time to get rid of him. And I'm glad that we're rid of him.

Boxer made it personal, so it's okay that Condi snapped back - at least she's straying from the cutesy "Americans will believe everything is peaches if you say it" script she has been handed by Karl Rove. Concern over Condi's use of words to scare Americans is worth bringing up before she heads off to represent the U.S. overseas. Yesterday she called tsunami "a wonderful opportunity for us" to show our good, caring side. A wonderful opportunity? It isn't wonderful at all - timely, maybe - wonderful NOT SO MUCH.

The fact is that Condi is a disappointment; there is an innate something in me that expects more from her because of all she had to do to get to where she is. White men have to work hard too, no doubt about it, but they don't face the invisible sea of racism/sexism that Condi has probably swam against at various points in her life. One cannot imagine she has much power over men like Cheney, Wolfowitz and "Rimsfeld" - which suggests that nothing will change - with Powell gone it will only get worse.

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