Condoleezza Rice answering questions from the press before a speech at Oklahoma State University at the William S. Spears School of Business, Tulsa. Thursday, February 4, 2010.
Part 1 Main points.
Running for political office? Maybe the time just isn't going to be right, not got that fire in the belly, think it's frankly not for me.
Challenges we face. focus on essentials, defending the country, global financial and economic crisis, promoting democracy, leading on the basis of values and principles, addressed as an optimistic people.
Smooth transition to sound patriot Hillary Clinton. Bill Burns at US Department of State.
Loyalty to the new administration. Not hesitating to talk about the issues or calling people up to say something privately.
Failed states. Afghanistan - poor, tribal, decentralised, geography. Pakistan. Border with Mexico - aspects of failed states - assassinations and kidnappings. Calderon government. Yemen.
Timelines, not much for them. Obama on Afghanistan "18 months depending", timelines creep in to foreign policy and diplomacy, it is the nature of the beast.