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An Article of Trust

Do you trust the President and his Administration? I do not, and have not for quite some time. And they have done nothing to guide me down the road of trust with their deeds, words, or actions since winning re-election either. Dr. Condoleezza Rice’s testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday only further cemented my mistrust in Bush’s band of indulgent, infuriating, incompetent, imbeciles.

Yes it is forgone conclusion that Secretary of state-designate Condoleezza Rice will win final Senate approval to become the nation’s second women Secretary of State. While she brings to the table a history rich in academic credentials, her service to the nation as Bush’s National Security Advisor has been far less laudable. Iraq, which she is supposed to be overseeing is an unqualified mess; a widening quagmire that threatens now to engulf the entire Middle East region in never ending warfare and senseless carnage. And yet we are now supposed to trust this woman at the helm of nation’s diplomatic ship of state? Please!

In her opening statement yesterday Rice referred to North Korea, Iran, Cuba, Belarus, Zimbabwe and Burma as "outposts of tyranny." What about Sudan, China, and Somalia? Certainly these states also qualify for special U.S. attention. After all, genocide is still on-going in Sudan; China still unlawfully occupies Tibet, and lawlessness still reins supreme in Somalia. And Rice broke no new ground is detailing how the Administration intends to deal with these rouge states.

We must use American diplomacy to help create a balance of power in the world that favors freedom. The time for diplomacy is now
Dr. Rice offered yesterday during the hearings, but offered no new insights on how she and the Administration are going to set about making the world safer for democracy.

Sounds like more of the same bluster from an Administration that has not a clue how to accomplish sound International Policy objectives. It is perhaps telling that the War on Terror was not the central focus of Dr. Rice's remarks yesterday. Have we won? Are we winning? We know we are not winning in Iraq, but how goes the war elsewhere? Where is Osama bin Laden? Or is he no longer important?

Senator Barbara Boxer from California tried to get answers to those questions yesterday, but Dr. Rice demurred time and again, refusing to let the truth have its day. In her opening statement Boxer stated that she believed that Rice had let her zeal for the mission of selling the Iraq War overshadow her respect for the truth. Boxer then used Dr. Rice’s own record of contradictions and falsehoods in an effort to make her admit that the Administration got it wrong at WMD, and therefore the War in Iraq, Rice became indignant, stating with a chilly demeanor,

[S]enator, I have to say that I have never, ever lost respect for the truth in the service of anything. It is not my nature. It is not my character…[A]nd I would hope that we can have this conversation and discuss what happened before . . . and what I said without impugning my credibility or my integrity.

But Rice's own record has already impugned her credibility and her integrity in my eyes, and her refusal to admit well documented mistakes speaks volumes about the nature of her character and her ability to deal forthright with the American people, and heads of state around the world. Example: even after it has proven that we need more troops is Iraq and should have had them from the outset, Dr. Rice refused to acknowledge that simple fact yesterday, clinging stubbornly, to the Administration's long discredited line that troop strength was sufficient at the outset of the war and remains so today. I’m sorry but I do not trust anyone who cannot admit a mistake and learn from it. I state again that I do not trust the Bush Administration. Do you? Why?

Posted by V. Edward Martin at January 19, 2005 11:36 AM