This is my reply to a piece by Alison Rowat in the Herald Scotland recently she titled "Condi Rice: too smart to run for the White House"
First my credentials as a prolific Scottish author on the subject of Condoleezza Rice.
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Therefore I extend a warm welcome to Alison and wish her all the best as a novice writer on the fascinating subject of Condoleezza Rice.
Condi, as those who love her call Condoleezza Rice, was right on Iraq and on much else. The world is a better, more civilised place without Saddam Hussein.
Condi's political vision of the war on terror and transformational diplomacy was the spark that lit the fire of freedom that is the Arab spring.
How apt that Alison mentioned the "Berlin Wall" because it came down thanks to Condi's critical intervention as the US
* Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director for Soviet Affairs, National Security Council, March 1990 - March 1991
* Director, Soviet and East European Affairs, National Security Council, February 1989 - March 1990
In short, Condi won the cold war for the west if any single person won it.
Yes long before Iraq there was the Iron Curtain to bring down and the whole continent of Europe to be freed and made whole.
Condoleezza Rice is the most successful world leader in modern times, without exception.
Imagine what more she could achieve for the poor, downtrodden and oppressed people of the world with the further power that elected office would bring to her elbow.
I hope she runs for president one day.
My Condi links -
Rice for President Yahoo Group
Condoleezza Rice forum in the For Freedom Forums
All Peter Dow's Condi videos
Condi is publishing her new memoir this week.
'No Higher Honor' by Condoleezza Rice.
'A memoir of my years in Washington'
Hardback Amazon.co.uk: No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington (9780307587862): Condoleezza Rice: Books - £10.40
Audio CD Amazon.co.uk: No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington (9780307966971): Condoleezza Rice: Books £lots
The cover of the US edition of this week's Newsweek. The version available here has a stencil-style graphic of Gaddafi's head on the cover but the same "CANDID CONDI" story inside.
More on the Newsweek story here - The Daily Beast: Condi Rice: The Bush ‘Freedom Agenda’ Won
This in turn led to a news story on CBS Evening News the other night (which I saw when it was re-broadcast on British TV).
My YouTube video includes the CBS News story -
"Condoleezza Rice's Iraq foresight dismissed by Bush's generals."
My comments on the story.
Condoleezza Rice is too modest to wonder if Stephen Hadley had been right to suggest she should resign.
Least of all has Condoleezza Rice any reason to doubt the value of her continuing service to President Bush, the United States of America, the people of Iraq and of the world, of all religions and of none.
To come to the question of whether Condoleezza Rice should have resigned as National Security Advisor as it seems Stephen Hadley may have suggested.
NO absolutely Condoleezza Rice should not have resigned.
Did Jesus resign?
Do angels resign?
Does God resign?
Condi CAN'T resign from being Condoleezza Rice - it is her job for life!
Condi was right not to quit even though her wisdom was overlooked at the time.
Instead, Steve Hadley should have suggested that the Generals might consider resigning so long as they continued to dismiss Condi's advice.
Instead Steve should have given Condi full support like a truly loyal number 2 ought to have done.
Steve should not have sought to advance his own career at Condi's expense. This was a disloyal motive perhaps.