Condoleezza Rice Thought Bush Was Poisoned
November 1, 2011 by staff
Condoleezza Rice Thought Bush Was Poisoned, Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice defended the U.S. invasion of Iraq, but said the U.S. could have “done better” without a cycle of mistrust and dysfunction among Bush administration officials.
When George Stephanopoulos of ABC News asked Rice if the cost of the Iraq war was worth it, he replied “all kinds of international relations begins with the Middle East, the world’s most volatile region. We also know now that was the birthplace of al-Qaida and extremism. ”
Stephanopoulos did not interrupt, “Al-Qaeda in Iraq was not – you know that now.” Rice replied: “Well, Osama bin Laden was a Saudi [Ayman] al-Zawahiri was an Egyptian.”. To do this, Stephanopoulos, joked: “No Iraqis, though.”
“This came from the Middle East,” Rice said, referring to al-Qaida. “Now, we did not go to Iraq to bring democracy to the Iraqis … This was a security threat, and as much as anyone understands and truly regret the cost. Especially in life. But I know that nothing of value is ever won without sacrifice … I do not believe that Saddam [Hussein] was removable by any other means. ”
However, Rice said, the U.S. “Could have done better” in Iraq, without which she describes in her new book as a cycle of mistrust and dysfunction within the Bush administration. “As I looked back on that, I think, well, if I were a team rather than run smoothly, we could have gotten some problems with [the] under the table and resolved,” he said.
Rice’s statement follows a recent series of who-said-she-said comments among former Bush administration officials. Former Vice President Dick Cheney in his memoirs rice management condemned the nuclear negotiations with North Korea, among other things. In his own memoirs, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld criticized Rice for his lack of experience in government.
Rice goes into more detail in his new book, a top honor. On ABC, which describes a dispute with Rumsfeld, who finally confronted outside the Oval Office. “I said, ‘I do not know what went wrong between us,’” said Rice. “And he said no, either. And he said something about my being bright …. It’s one of those words that do not use about a colleague … not condescending. Only a term of inequality.”
Rice also told ABC about the time that accompanied President Bush on a trip to China just weeks after 2001 – during which Cheney appeared in a video conference to announce that the detectors of the White House found botulinum toxin, a toxic and lethal, and all exposed persons will die. “I remember everyone just kind of freeze, and the president saying,” What was that? What was that, Dick? “Said Rice, who was National Security Adviser at the time. The then Secretary of State Colin Powell and the Chief of Staff Andy Card also are at risk, reports ABC.
Deputy Rice, Steven Hadley, ran the tests. According to Rice, Hadley said, “Let me put it this way, if mice are feet up, we’re toast If mice are the feet down, we’re fine …” For 24 hours in Shanghai, however, Rice said she did not know if the president and key members of staff were poisoned.
When Hadley called to the results, Rice went to Bush, who met with Chinese officials. “I said, ‘The mice are the feet down.” And the president said, “That’s a good thing,” and I’m sure the Chinese have a translation probably thought it was some kind of code, “said Rice.
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