Late Night Open Thread: Thank Goodness We have a Different Madame Secretary Now

Suddenly, in the wake of the killing of Osama bin Laden, the media is trotting out all the Bush administration war criminals to claim the credit. The most obnoxious of these has been Condoleezza Rice. Can you imagine being one of Condi’s students and having to sit through one this lying liar’s lectures?

Let’s flash back for a few moments to those heady days when Condi was in charge of U.S. foreign policy.

Remember this?

And this from Bob Woodward’s State of Denial?

Woodward writes that on July 10, 2001, then-CIA director George Tenet became so concerned about the communication intelligence agencies were receiving indicating that a terrorist attack was imminent that he went to the White House with counterterrorism chief J. Cofer Black — without an appointment — to meet with Rice, then the national security adviser. He and Black hoped the meeting would alert Rice to the urgency they felt.

But Tenet and Black felt that Rice gave them “the brush-off,” according to Woodward, telling them that a plan for coherent action against bin Laden was already in the works. Woodward writes that both Tenet and Black felt the meeting was the starkest warning the White House was given about bin Laden.

Please, Condi, just STFU. If we had a true leader as President, you’d be on trial for war crimes.


9 Comments on “Late Night Open Thread: Thank Goodness We have a Different Madame Secretary Now”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    CNN

    Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said bin Laden’s capture was the culmination of work by Bush and Obama.

    “I was proud that over two presidencies we were persistent enough and patient enough to put together the picture that ultimately led to him,” Rice said on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS.” “You don’t just stumble upon Osama bin Laden. It takes a lot of work to get there.”

    “And President Obama and his team are to be congratulated for doing that,” she added.

    Rice, who served as national security adviser during Bush’s first term, called Obama’s actions “brave,” before labeling the mission a “victory across presidencies” and “a victory for having learned more how to fight the counter terrorism fight.”

    Although former Vice President Dick Cheney gave Obama “high marks” for his leadership and decision to send a Navy SEAL team into bin Laden’s compound, his review was curtailed by his criticism of Obama’s terrorist techniques.

    “I still am concerned about the fact that I think a lot of the techniques that we had used to keep the country safe for more than seven years are no longer available,” Cheney said on “Fox News Sunday.”

  2. quixote says:

    If we had a true leader as President, you’d be on trial for war crimes.

    Indeed.

  3. Minkoff Minx says:

    CNN Exclusive: Alleged rape victim flees Libya – CNN.com

    Eman al-Obeidy, who garnered worldwide attention for her vocal rape allegations against the regime of Moammar Gadhafi, says she has fled Libya, fearing for her safety.

    Al-Obeidy told CNN that she crossed into Tunisia on Thursday with the help of a defecting military officer and his family.

    This is a relief…

  4. paper doll says:

    Shit, I’m so GLAD we pulled the plug on the TV…saves me from watching this apparently never ending torture porn freak show

  5. fiscalliberal says:

    Good Post

    I think history will conclude that Condi Rice was totally unqualified as a National Security Advisor. After any one reads Dick Clarke’s book, the inevitable conclusion was she dropped the ball by demoting him a level lower which precluded his getting directly to the president.

    I think her lack of preparedness was evident when the attack was going on, she said to Clarke thst this wss his area and he was in chsrge. She and Cheney went to the bomb shelter. I think the more interesting scenario was Bush continuing to read to the kids versus addressing the attack.

    Recall that after the attack, Bush was airborn and Cheny was in charge. I would not be surprised to find that Bush lost it and they had to keep him from the public because he was out of control. Bush was smart enough to know he had been warned by the Clinton Administration in the transition, but chose to ignore the warning. Condi should have brougt him up to speed in the transition, but chose to ignore the data provided by Dick Clark.

    Busies are desparately trying to rewrite history, but the books have been written showing their incompetence. Future historians will not be able to ignore that.

    • paper doll says:

      I think the more interesting scenario was Bush continuing to read to the kids versus addressing the attack.

      and don’t forget as he read to the kids, when Andy Card told Bush there was an emergency, Bush said, ” Is it the terrorists? ”

      What an amazing guess /snark