Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says in a new book that President George W Bush undercut her efforts to focus attention on planning for post-war Iraq. In excerpts in the latest Newsweek, Rice says in a briefing on the issue in early 2002 President Bush, quote
"started the meeting in a way that completely destroyed any chance of getting an answer. 'This is something Condi has wanted to talk about,' he said. I could immediately see that the generals no longer thought it to be a serious question.'
end quote. Rice, who was National Security Advisor at the time writes that her number 2, Stephen Hadley said he would have resigned after the President's remark.
Rice says, quote
"As the importance of the issue was revealed in the days after the war ... I wondered if Steve had been right."
Photograph Stephen Hadley, caption reads - "I would have resigned" (If you resign I get your job as NSA so be my guest and go)
Photograph Condoleezza Rice, caption reads - "I'm not resigning." (BIG GIRLS DON'T CRY! Earn your own promotion Hadley)
Rice for Lord 2012.
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Condoleezza Rice is too modest in wondering if Stephen Hadley had been right to suggest that she should resign because he, Hadley, told her he would have resigned.
Least of all has Condoleezza Rice any reason to doubt the value of her continuing service to President Bush, the United States of America, the people of Iraq and of the world, of all religions and of none.
To come to the question of whether Condoleezza Rice should have resigned as National Security Advisor as it seems Stephen Hadley may have suggested.
NO absolutely Condoleezza Rice should not have resigned!
Did Jesus resign? Do angels resign? Does God resign?
Condi CAN'T resign from being Condoleezza Rice -- it is her job for life!
Condi was right not to quit even though her wisdom was overlooked at the time.
Instead, Steve Hadley should have suggested that the Generals might consider resigning so long as they continued to dismiss Condi's advice.
Instead Steve should have given Condi full support like a truly loyal number 2 ought to have done.
Steve should not have sought to advance his own career at Condi's expense. This was a disloyal motive perhaps.