Posted by: maboulette | August 31, 2011

DON’T MESS WITH CONDOLEEZZA RICE

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No one messes with Condoleezza Rice.  In an interview with Reuters, the former secretary of state blasted Dick Cheney for the “cheap shots” he takes in his recently released memoir, particularly remarks that she misled President George W. Bush in his position on nuclear weapons with North Korea.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Wednesday she resented what she saw as an attack on her integrity by former Vice President Dick Cheney in his book.

“I kept the president fully and completely informed about every in and out of the negotiations with the North Koreans,” Rice stated, “You can talk about policy differences without suggesting that your colleague somehow misled the president. You know, I don’t appreciate the attack on my integrity that that implies.”

Rice, in a telephone interview, also disputed another passage in Cheney’s book, “In My Time” in which he says the secretary of state “tearfully admitted” that the Bush administration should not have express regret for the claim in Bush’s 2003 State of the Union address concerning Iraq’s supposed search for uranium for nuclear arms.

Cheney, opposing a public apology for the claim that was unfounded, wrote that Rice “came into my office, sat down in the chair next to my desk, and tearfully admitted I had been right.”

“It certainly doesn’t sound like me, now, does it?” Rice said in the interview. “I would never—I don’t remember coming to the vice president tearfully about anything in the entire eight years that I knew him.”

Rice is only the latest former Bush senior aide to fire back at Cheney’s book and its representation of the vice president’s administrative rivals.  Rice’s predecessor, former secretary of state Colin Powell, on Sunday said Cheney’s book leveled “cheap shots” at contemporaries and mischaracterized events.

Rice played down hearsay that she might be asked to serve as a Republican vice presidential candidate in 2012. “I am not cut out for such things,” she said further pointing out that she is “a happy university professor”.


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