News this morning from CNN is that Condoleezza Rice will not be the commencement speaker at Rutgers this year because protests were too strong against her appearance. It is about student reactions against her involvement during the George W. Bush administration in the Iraq War. She was intimately involved. Maybe that is why you won’t see her name on the slate of presidential hopefuls at a time when the GOP can use both a woman and minority candidate.
Democrats have their own “Rice” problem and that is Susan Rice. Susan Rice was on point in handling the Benghazi attack in Libya during which her initial talking points were aimed at emphasizing that the attacks were spontaneous and random. Of course, they were not and she changed her story to reflect that they were al Qaeda terrorist initiated. The trouble with Susan Rice’s story is that she may have known better, or that the information fed to her was manipulated for political purposes by the White House.
Republicans are making a whopper deal out of the Benghazi incident while ignoring the fact that Republicans broke America’s bank on the Iraq war that was based upon lies to Americans and the world. The war was an illegal incursion that cost lives and a huge amount of resources for which there was no return on cost. So, if politicians want to have “Rice” wars, the battle should be interesting.
"Condoleezza Rice declines to speak at Rutgers after student protests
By Kristina Sguelglia, CNN
updated 6:13 AM EDT, Sun May 4, 2014
(CNN) -- Condoleezza Rice, former US secretary of stateannounced on Facebook Saturday that she would not be speaking at the Rutgers University commencement this year, following student protests against her appearance.
The students made accusations against her in connection with the war in Iraq.
"Commencement should be a time of joyous celebration for the graduates and their families," Rice wrote.
"Rutgers' invitation to me to speak has become a distraction for the university community at this very special time."
In an open letter to the president of the school, printed in the student paper The Daily Targum on April 30th, "Rutgers Student Protestors" cited "destruction" in Iraq "at the hands of the Bush administration."
"Rice signed off to give the CIA authority to conduct their torture tactics for gathering information from detainees as well," the letter continues. "These are clearly human rights issues. By inviting her to speak and awarding her an honorary degree, we are encouraging and perpetuating a world that justifies torture and debases humanity."
In 2009, a Senate intelligence report said that Rice approved waterboarding in the questioning of a suspected al Qaeda leader. Rice was National Security Adviser at the time.