Tuesday, April 8, 2014

No Greater Honor

Both Condoleeza Rice and Clarence Thomas have been treated badly by liberals. Justice Thomas is widely portrayed as a bit on a the stupid side, and the fact that does not ask questions from the bench is taken as a sign of that stupidity. Now no one can get through four years of college, three years of law school, and pass the bar without some kind of smarts. I've looked at sample bar exams, and they leave me scratching my head. As for Condoleeza Rice, there were all sorts of nasty cartoons about her during her time in Washington, and one former friend once sent me an e-mail in which she postulated carnal activity between her and the president. I'm pretty sure that her febrile imaginings were false, but if they had been true, why would she have been upset? Surely adultery falls under a woman's right to control her own body. Was it the interracial aspect? Surely she must approve of the decision in Loving v. Virginia. Was it the imagined white dominance/black submissiveness? But that would exist in her perception of the notional relationship. In any case I'm pretty sure of three things: the falsity of the idea of the affair; the falsity of the premise that a woman's right to control her own body is absolute; and that my former friend was a nutcase, or to put more professially, looney tunes.

Part of the flack that Condi caught was over her being in attendance at a show in New York when Katrina struck. Now she was the National Security Adviser at the time, so the press made a big deal about it, there's still no reason why her presence at the White House on the day of the hurricane would have been helpful. She deals with this in her book, along with other topics.

This is a very long book, and I'm afraid that it's been a few weeks since I read it, so this is going to be a relatively short post about it.

Condi covers the whole eight years, and deals with a number of topics, particularly in the later sections about her time as Secretary of State, that are of relevance today.

She covers the negotiations with N. Korea over their nuclear arms, the status of forces agreement with Iraq, the partial takeover of Georgia by Russia, the WMD issue, and the missile defenses to go in the Czech Republic and Poland.

What emerges from all of this is that the Bush administration prepared the ground for serious efforts in hotspots throughout the world. Take Iran. Condi voices the opinion that the Iranian people love Americans and are pro-American, while their government is hostile. Unfortunately, in this as in so much else, the next administration, and the next Secretary of State, proved totally inept. When the Iranian people were protesting in 2009 the Obama administration, including Secretary Clinton, ignored their cries for help, even a mere verbal response, and the movement died on the vine. When the time came to place missile defense in Eastern Europe, we bugged out like scared little bunnies.

Reading the later part of the book is a depressing reminder of how much we've come down in the world, and how much has been lost due to narcissism, arrogance, and incompetence.

It's a long, but interesting read, though a good deal of it is heavy with acronyms, bureaucratic infighting, and administrative detail.

Next up, John Ringo's second book in his zombie series.