now that you mention it...
The Left Coaster also wonders where Condoleeza Rice has been as the Administration's assumptions about the war have proven, ah, overly optimistic.
[R]emember less than a year ago when the magazine cover stories about Condoleezza Rice told us how much she had the President’s ear, and how her greatest accomplishment was that she made the boys around her get along? Remember when the same media kept telling us that we needed Colin Powell around to act as an adult in the frat house that was the Bush foreign policy operation?
Well, why is Condi Rice’s name never mentioned about Iraq or the grand plan? How influential can she be, and how much of the president’s ear can she really have when she has been virtually invisible and without fingerprints in the run-up to what may be a fiasco in the making? How well has she gotten the boys to get along when they are throwing mud at each other through the media? Why is her role in all of this not known, or what she’s added to the mix, and what responsibility she bears for the failed planning so far? Why has she silently sat by and watched Perle and Wolfowitz sell the president on the “liberator” mindset, without doing her job and also telling Bush the potential for Iran and Syria to come to the aid of the people of Iraq in the name of Arab nationalism, Islamic brotherhood, and rejection of western colonialism? Isn’t that what your NSA is there for? Can you imagine Kissinger, Zbig, Scowcroft, or Sandy Berger sitting idly by while nutcase advisors sell the commander in chief on lunatic schemes that only Ariel Sharon and Osama Bin Laden could love? Can you imagine someone worthy of glowing cover pieces in Time and Newsweek authorizing clandestine monitoring of the UN delegations?
...In summary, where the hell is Condi Rice, and what value exactly has she added as the NSA to this brewing debacle ? And why is Colin Powell still taking a check, since he hasn’t been in control of this nation’s foreign policy for a while and has lost all geopolitical influence? Do either of them have a clue that we are about to get sucked into a preventable holy war, while China and Russia watch us on the sidelines?
Actually, given the damage to Rumsfeld's credibility, it's probably well that Rice appears to be sitting the debate out...at some point, the Administration's going to need to trot someone out whose credibility hasn't been ruined lately, and my guess is that Bush has picked Condi for that job.