Condoleezza Rice Speaks Out, Blasts Obama For Embracing America’s Adversaries
There is no mistaking that Condoleezza Rice is a staunch neo-conservative, but during the 2008 campaign, she remained largely silent about her choice in the election. Well, the 2012 cycle is different, very different.
Rice has already come out front to say that she believes George W. Bush deserves a great deal of credit for the path he provided Obama to follow, and the tools he employed, even going so far to say that Bush deserves much of the credit for the assassination of Osama bin Laden. Now, in an editorial for the Financial Times, Rice offers scathing criticism of President Obama:
The rush to court adversaries has overshadowed relations with trusted allies. Our engagement with Europe has been sporadic and sometimes dismissive. Strategic ties with India, Brazil and Turkey have neither strengthened nor deepened in recent years. Hugo Chávez and the Iranians have bitten off the extended hand of friendship. There is no Palestinian state because it will only come through negotiation with a secure Israel that is confident in its relationship with the US. The decision to abandon missile defence sites in Poland and the Czech Republic, to “reset” relations with Russia was pocketed by Vladimir Putin who quickly returned to his anti-American ways. Friends must be able to trust in the consistency of our commitment to them.
Rice has obviously bought into the conservative narrative that President Obama is “apologizing for America”, even though there is no evidence to support that line of thought.
Internationally, President Obama has actually adopted several of George W. Bush’s policies; Guantanamo is still open, drone attacks still occur – at an increased rate, and Obama has done nothing to undo Bush’s surveillance programs.
There was no Palestinian state while George W. Bush was in office, and that’s mainly because Israel has no interest in a Palestinian state, and everyone knows it. With regard to missile defense, it may not have occurred to Rice, but America doesn’t have the money to keep throwing at defense.
But as it stands, this is what politics in America has become, groups of people retelling the same tired talking points. Apparently, Rice is no different from the rest.
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