So, I’m sitting in the Denver Airport plugged into the free wifi and recharging batteries. I have two hours worth of sitting left. The only eventful thing today was watching an up armored vehicle speed down the street in front of the Brown Palace towards the Capitol area. There were also three people in zombie outfits and make up standing on the corner. For awhile, I was thinking I should check for a Bourbon Street sign but the 16th street walking mall was just to my left and the Rocky Mountains were still behind me. It was Denver alright. There was a huge occupy march this afternoon and a simultaneous Zombie festival. I was wondering if they could merge the two and the zombies could play big banks. The riot police just seemed to be buzzing the parade of maybe 500 or so folks.
Anyway, I’m trying to find something to post and run across the NYT article on Condoleeza Rice and an interesting thing about zombie vice president Dick Cheney. I guess she is still miffed about his portrayal of her teary eyed jag in his memoir and shot back.
First as national security adviser and later as secretary of state, Ms. Rice often argued against the hard-line approach that Mr. Cheney and others advanced. The vice president’s staff was “very much of one ultra-hawkish mind,” she writes, adding that the most intense confrontation between her and Mr. Cheney came when she argued that terrorism suspects could not be “disappeared” as in some authoritarian states.
In November 2001, she writes, she went to President George W. Bush upon learning that he had issued an order prepared by the White House counsel, Alberto R. Gonzales, authorizing military commissions without telling her. “If this happens again,” she told the president, “either Al Gonzales or I will have to resign.”
Mr. Bush apologized. She writes that it was not his fault and that she felt that Mr. Gonzales and Mr. Cheney’s staff had not served the president well.
Ms. Rice’s book, “No Higher Honor,” was obtained by The New York Times in advance of its Nov. 1 publication by Crown Publishing, a division of Random House. It is the latest in a string of memoirs emerging from Bush administration figures trying to define the history of their tenure.
Condoleezza Rice is hitting back at Dick Cheney for what she’s calling an “attack on my integrity” in the former vice president’s new memoir.
In his tell-all book, Cheney blasts the ex-Secretary of State’s handling of nuclear negotiations with North Korea and argues she misled then-President George W. Bush.
“I kept the president fully and completely informed about every in and out of the negotiations with the North Koreans,” Rice told Reuters on Wednesday.
“You can talk about policy differences without suggesting that your colleague somehow misled the president. You know, I don’t appreciate the attack on my integrity that that implies.”
Since Rice’s memoir follows both Rumsfeld and Cheney’s, it remains to be seen who will get the last dig.