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Condoleezza Albright

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We now have the worst of both worlds. A liberal Republican president with a Democratic foreign policy. Of course, we should have seen it coming. In an August 2005 article in Time Magazine, Rice described her foreign policy by quoting General George Marshall speaking of the Marshall Plan: “Our policy is directed not against any country or doctrine,” Marshall said, “but against hunger, poverty, desperation and chaos.”

Missing from Rice’s thoughts are any indication that Marshall made this statement, and planned for the rebuilding of Europe, after we won the war. Can anyone imagine Marshall, or any other adult, saying anything like that in 1943? It seems to me our policy pre-1945 was pretty clearly against Germany, Japan and fascism. As for today, Iran and Korea are seeking nuclear weapons; Palestinians are sending rockets into Israel; Islamic fascists the world over are using children as guided missles; Russia is descending into despotism once again; and China is the looming 500 pound gorilla on the planet. But we have a Secretary of State who thinks poverty is the “root cause” of what ails the globe.

In that same Time article, Rice is quoted as saying “We must provide greater prosperity to people all over the world…” Newsflash for Secetary Rice and the other statists in the State Department, capitalism and democracy have brought propserity to people the worldover, not government bureaucrats.

And how have we come to this pass? The New York Times reports:

“Now Ms. Rice is working hard to reshape her legacy in her remaining 16 months in office. She is cooperating with a range of authors who have lined up to write books about her: “The Confidante: Condoleezza Rice and the Creation of the Bush Legacy,” by The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler, comes out next week, while “Condoleezza Rice: An American Life,” by The New York Times’s Elisabeth Bumiller is due out in December. “Twice as Good: Condoleezza Rice and Her Path to Power,” by Marcus Mabry, now an editor at The Times, came out in May. “

Our Secretary of State is shaping our foreign policy to please the solons of the Washington Post and New York Times. What was the point of electing Bush if we were going to get stuck with Bill Clinton’s foreign policy?


Written by smalltalkwitht

January 27, 2008 at 10:10 pm

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