Condi Rice

Williams, Armstrong
August 2003
New York Amsterdam News;8/14/2003, Vol. 94 Issue 33, p8
Condoleezza Rice is an engine that has hauled along the war on terror. Rice was in the White House on September 11, 2001, and helped navigate the U.S. in the absence of President George W. Bush. She subsequently guided the Afghan and Iraqi wars. Along the way, Rice endeared herself to the people of the U.S. as a woman who worked her way up from humble origins to become one of the most powerful women in the U.S. However, 16 words uttered by Bush during his January 28, 2003 State of the Union address have unkindly affixed themselves to Rice's reputation. During that speech, Bush cited British intelligence indicating Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had attempted to purchase uranium from Africa. The accusation provided the first rationale for preemptively attacking the Iraqi dictator. However, the information was wrong. Still, the accusation made it into the president's address, raising questions whether Rice ignored CIA chief George Tenet's warnings in order to bolster the case for war.


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