Condi Rice, meaner than a junkyard dog

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You really have to be in America to have a feel for just how badly Condi has blundered by refusing to testify under oath on 911. Forget about whether she did anything wrong (or right) and just look at it from the perspective of appearances:

Here we have the No. 1 issue on which George W. Bush is campaigning; it’s all he’s got, what with the economy a mess and unemployment high. So what do the Bushies do? They reject pleas from the most respected members of their own party, like former Navy Secretary John Lehman, who said today that if Condi refuses to testify under oath and in public before the 911 commission, the American people will inevitably believe she (and the government) have something to hide. He said that in effect the GOP was cutting its own throat.

I really had a lot of respect for Condi following the 911 attacks, and it’s sad to see her implode by adopting this bunker mentality (not to mention her recent junkyard-dog demeanor). After appearing on every talk show under the sun to combat Richard Clarke, her refusal to testify in public is particularly galling. She’s obviously got the time, and obviously has a lot to say. But refusing to do so under oath, on the topic of supreme importance to all Americans? It’s nothing less than bizarre, and I suspect she’ll either have to relent and testify or else face political ruin. And maybe both.

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Richard Burger is the author of Behind the Red Door: Sex in China, an exploration of China's sexual revolution and its clash with traditional Chinese values.

The Discussion: 4 Comments

Condi Rice is a HOTTIE!!!
She should testify and then say to all the pretend to be liberals who did nothing for 8 YEARS while this country was attacked …” Now you can all KISS MY BLACK ASS”!!!
P.S.
Love your site Richard.
Kevin…NYC

March 29, 2004 @ 2:03 pm | Comment

I just don’t get this at all. I haven’t been following this story much, but I’ve heard about this “testify but not other oath” and it seems v strange. I mean, what’s the point? Either testify, or don’t. To testify, but refuse to do so under oath … what is accomplished? Presumably there is some logic to it, but it escapes me.

March 29, 2004 @ 2:40 pm | Comment

Just watch the circus. Condi will testify, but not until everyone is concentrating on her. Then she will absolutely destroy White House critics and Richard Clarke at the very moment it will have the greatest impact.

March 31, 2004 @ 4:51 pm | Comment

Could be, but she has to be extremely careful. She will be under oath. Don’t quite know what you mean by “Condi will testify, but not until everyone is concentrating on her” — whenever she testifies, all eyes will be on her, just as they were on everyone else who testified. But Condi has a big disadvatage going in — the media distrust and dislike her, while Clarke has been schmoozing them for decades.

March 31, 2004 @ 4:58 pm | Comment

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