By Leni Friedman Valenta
April 27, 2014
Someone please warn Donald Trump. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is not qualified to be a heartbeat from the presidency. She has the politically correct gender and race, but she lacks the judgment. He could lose the general election because of her vociferous support of the 2003 Iraq War, but even more, her neglecting the warning of Vladimir Putin, and the repeated warnings of CIA Director George Tenet, counter-terrorism expert Dick Clarke, Gary Hart and others. Moreover, she denied the truth during her testimony before the 9/11 commission. This will come to haunt her along with the 28 pages about the Saudi’s involvement in the preparation of 9/11, also hidden by “W” and Condi.
Rice is often criticized as one of the architects of the 2003 war of choice and that is surely true. She was part of the group think that rushed to war on suspect and insufficient British intelligence. Richard Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, was the former head of the State Dept. Planning Council in 2002. He has recalled how she came to him and told him, “The decision has been made,” i.e., no further vetting was needed. Haass later excoriated the Iraq war as one of choice not necessity and indeed, the mistakes of “W” were only made worse by Obama, who pulled out too soon.
But there’s more and much worse regarding Condi. Just read the memoirs of key people involved with our 9/11 tragedy. Clarke believes Rice was primarily responsible for the deaths of almost 3,000 people who died on September 11, 2001. Our research is summed up in our published article in The National Interest, “Why Trump is Right About Bush’s 9/11 Record.” We applaud Trump for his bipartisan explanation of our government’s folly, although some might consider it sacrilege. True is, Condi, as NSA, was not up to the job and “W” was not informed enough about foreign policy to know that she wasn’t as knowledgeable as he thought; surely not on the Middle East.
“…I was taken aback by Putin’s alarm and vehemence,” wrote Condi in her own memoir, “…. Putin though, was right; The Taliban and al Qaeda were time bombs that would explode on September 11, 2001.”

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