Capital Hill Watch
Dr. Rice Not Best Selection for Secretary of State
National Security Adviser Dr. Condoleezza Rice, President Bush's nominee for United States (US) Secretary of State, in her testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week demonstrated her ability to be well prepared as well as to present written facts in an attempt to present President Bush's ideology for America's Foreign Policy.
However, Dr. Rice lacks the ability of critical thinking that is very needed at this time in America's history as this nation faces formidable challenges globally. For example, when Dr. Rice was the Russian expert to the White House National Security Advisor, she failed to foresee the eventual collapse of the Soviet Union. Furthermore, Dr. Rice's philosophy often represents that of the outdated Cold War era. Also, she did not anticipate the al-Qaeda threat that this nation faced when she became National Security Adviser in 2001 and decided instead to focus on other threats that the US faced.
As National Security Adviser, Dr. Rice has failed the Bush Administration and has failed to articulate effective strategies for postwar Iraq, North Korea or Iran. She has also failed to resolve policy disputes in a timely fashion. In fact, she admitted in testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the administration had made some “bad decisions” in Iraq, particularly in the postwar effort: “We didn't have the right skills, the right capacity to deal with a reconstruction effort of this kind.”
Dr. Rice has indicated under her leadership that the State Department will be the ”primary instrument of American diplomacy” but if her past history is any indication of what is to be expected of her as Secretary of State, she will be unable to rise to meet the challenges that face this nation in the coming years.
Additional Reading: Expect Status Quo from Rice at the State Department
What Can You Do?
Urge your senators NOT TO SUPPORT the nomination of Dr. Condoleezza Rice for US Secretary of State.
Capitol Hill Switchboard Numbers: 202-225-3121 or 202-224-3121 (Those numbers will direct you to the Capitol Hill operator. Ask for your senator's office.)
To go to your senators' websites, find their E-mail or to find out who your senators are... http://www.senate.gov/contacting/index_by_state.cfm
The Honorable (full name)
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Senator (last name):
to the American Voice Institute of Public Policy Home Page