Conservative national security allies of President Bush are in revolt against Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, saying that she is incompetent and has reversed the administration’s national security and foreign policy agenda.This is from Insight magazine. According to the wikipedia, it's:
The conservatives, who include Newt Gingrich, Richard Perle and leading current and former members of the Pentagon and National Security Council, have urged the president to transfer Miss Rice out of the State Department and to an advisory role. They said Miss Rice, stemming from her lack of understanding of the Middle East, has misled the president on Iran and the Arab-Israeli conflict.
published by The Washington Times Corporation. It was founded to be a sister publication to The Washington Times newspaper, in the mold of Newsweek 's relationship with The Washington Post, and to be a conservative alternative to Newsweek, Time, and U.S. News & World Report as a national newsweekly.So we know what's going on here. It's more than obvious that someone's sending a message (or a warning) to the administration.
So some conservatives now think Rice is incompetent. Here's another quotation:
"The president has yet to understand that people make policy and not the other way around," a senior national security policy analyst said. "Unlike [former Secretary of State Colin] Powell, Condi is loyal to the president. She is just incompetent on most foreign policy issues."Well, there are many things the president has yet to understand, right?
But incompetent? Well, yea. She was national security advisor in the months preceeding 9/11. Remember the President's daily briefing about how bin Laden was determinied to attack the US? Remember how she stated to Congress how no one had forseen that people would fly planes into buildings - when that was discussed as a security threat for a previous summit in Italy? Those things by themselves should have been her one-way-ticket to the unemployment line.
Now conservatives are spouting her incompentence and inexperience with BOTH Iran and North Korea. Take a look:
They have warned that Iran has been exploiting Miss Rice's inexperience and incompetence to accelerate its nuclear weapons program. They expect a collapse of her policy over the next few months.And:
"We are sending signals today that no matter how much you provoke us, no matter how viciously you describe things in public, no matter how many things you're doing with missiles and nuclear weapons, the most you'll get out of us is talk," former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said.
Mr. Gingrich agrees and said Miss Rice's inexperience and lack of resolve were demonstrated in the aftermath of the North Korean launch of seven short-, medium-, and intermediate-range missiles in July. He suggested that Miss Rice was a key factor in the lack of a firm U.S. response.In this article she's described as "inexperienced" twice and "incompetent" three times.
"North Korea firing missiles," Mr. Gingrich said. "You say there will be consequences. There are none. We are in the early stages of World War III. Our bureaucracies are not responding fast enough. We don't have the right attitude."
They're feeding on their own over there. This is gonna be fun to watch
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