web analytics
April 25, 2015 / 6 Iyar, 5775
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post


Home » InDepth » Monitor »

Puffed Rice


Media-Monitor-logo

The Monitor never quite understood the good feelings Condoleezza Rice managed to inspire among so many conservatives for what seemed like the longest time. The woman never uttered a single word on foreign policy – her alleged area of expertise – that could even remotely be described as original, inspiring, or just plain memorable.

Maybe some conservatives simply appreciated having a prominent female African American Republican – and one in high places, at that – they could throw back in the faces of liberals always quick to characterize the GOP as a party of racist mountebanks.

Or perhaps they were under the impression that someone so apparently close with George W. Bush had to share the president’s core foreign policy beliefs. This despite her being a protégé of Brent Scowcroft, close friend of and adviser to Poppy Bush, who, unlike his son, shared Scowcroft’s State Department-tinged Arabist view of the world.

“Rice,” wrote James Mann in Rise of the Vulcans, his justly praised book on the current President Bush’s foreign-policy team, “was not an ideological conservative…. Her views were much closer to those of Henry Kissinger and Scowcroft than to the Reagan wing of the Republican party.”

Indeed, by the late 1990’s Scowcroft, according to Mann, “had already been working for more than a decade to advance Condoleezza Rice’s career, mostly by bringing her to the attention of Bush’s father. His endeavors on behalf of Rice continued even after she and the [first] Bush administration had left Washington.”

Rice’s influence as National Security Adviser during George W. Bush’s first term was held in check by the administration’s neoconservative contingent, which also managed to keep then-Secretary of State Colin Powell’s Scowcroftian worldview from becoming de facto U.S. Mideast policy. But now Rice has succeeded Powell, and the neocon presence in the White House is a shell of what it was a mere couple of years ago.

Given all that as backdrop, perhaps it’s only natural that a newly puffed-up Rice would feel less restrained in singing a sad song for the Palestinians, a dirge that sounds uncomfortably like something lifted from the songbook of the liver-lipped anti-Israel scold James Earl Carter.

Fresh from delivering widely panned remarks on how solving the plight of the poor, suffering Palestinians would just about be the neatest and peachiest thing the United States could ever do, Rice again revealed a propensity for muddled sentimentality that bore no discernable resemblance to that purported dazzling brilliance one used to hear so much of.

In an interview with Cal Thomas, a key excerpt of which appeared exclusively on Jewish World Review (www.jewishworldreview.com), Rice made the kind of supremely sappy statement that gives banality a good name.

Thomas, the country’s most widely syndicated columnist and a man described by Jewish World Review editor-in-chief Binyamin L. Jolkovsky as “so thoroughly pro-Israel, no matter the consequences,” asked Rice: “What evidence do you have that teaching their schoolchildren at the ages of four and five to be martyrs, to show up in their little uniforms with plastic guns and their headbands, textbooks one grenade plus two grenades equals, you know, three grenades – what evidence do you have out there that if [the Palestinians] had an independent state that they would lay down their arms and not complete the mission of killing the Jews and throwing them out?”

Rice responded with a torrent of clichés – how the vast majority of Palestinians desire peace more than anything, how they wish to live side by side with Israel, how Palestinian mothers don’t want their children to become suicide bombers but rather to mature into studious collegiate types, blah, blah, blah.

His patience evidently depleted, Thomas finally interjected: “Do you think this or do you know this?”

To which the dazzling Dr. Rice, who was as recently as last year was rather ridiculously touted as the Republicans’ ideal 2008 presidential candidate by no less a political maven than Dick Morris (who actually wrote an instantly outdated book called Condi vs. Hillary: The Next Great Presidential Race) responded: “Well, I think I know it.”

An obviously nonplussed Thomas repeated: “You think you know it?”

“I think I know it,” Rice reiterated.

Call it foreign policy by intuition – or empathy or telepathy. Not exactly what Brent Scowcroft had in mind when he was grooming Condi for great things, but probably at least as dangerous as anything floating around the noggin of that old State Department bureaucrat.

About the Author: Jason Maoz is the Senior Editor of The Jewish Press. He can be contacted at jmaoz@jewishpress.com.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Puffed Rice”

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
"Killing Jews is worship that draws us closer to Allah." That's his Jihad. What's yours? - An ad campaign sponsored by  the American Freedom Defense Initiative.
MTA Hopes to Change Rule, Ban ‘Killing Jews’ Anti-Jihad Ad
Latest Indepth Stories
israeli-american flags

All GOP candidates will continue seeking – and praying – for Jewish money with greater success.

New immigrants from USA and Canada arriving at Ben Gurion Airport.

The one reason to make Aliyah outweighs all the arguments not to move to Israel.

Keeping-Jerusalem

“We returned to this Land not in order to be murdered, or uprooted. We came here to be replanted!”

Ambassador Danny Ayalon

I don’t fear for the future of our people because I believe Yeshiva University has created an “Iron Dome” of Jewish leadership

Poland’s great Jewish cities where Jewish life had once flourished and thrived, were now desolate

Chief rabbi, Rav Dovid Lau, stated that the Torah community’s turnout in the WZO election is vital.

Iran has at its core the same ideology as that of ISIS but, inaccurately, is thought a lesser threat

An early Yom Ha’atzmaut gathering for Israel’s 67th birthday with Pres. Rivlin of Israel and guests

Israel’s Memorial Day shouldn’t be a day of mourning, it’s a day to honor, not another Holocaust Day

God’s 3 part promise for Israel: to the Avot; a plentiful land; the eventual return home by all Jews

A committed Religious Zionist, he was a sought-after adviser on Zionist affairs around the world.

More important, Mr. Obama is simply acceding to Iran’s position on the timing of the lifting of sanctions.

“Texans share a lot of the same attitude as Israelis, that we say what we think and we think what we say, and that makes it much easier to communicate,” he says.

The fight against terror is a case in point…. The establishment of a collective forum for dialogue in the Persian Gulf region…is long overdue….

More Articles from Jason Maoz
Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, both outspokenly critical of Netanyahu’s upcoming visit to Congress, were wowed by him in 2011.

Note also the response to the speech by the top Democrats in the House and Senate, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, both of whom have been outspoken in their criticism of Netanyahu’s upcoming visit.

Comptroller DiNapoli celebrates Sukkot with Crown Heights Jewish community leaders at the sukkah of Rabbi Chanina Sperlin of the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council.

The New York State comptroller manages the state’s $180.7 billion pension fund, audits the spending practices of all state agencies and local governments, oversees the New York State and Local Retirement System, reviews the New York State and City budgets, and approves billions in State contracts and spending.

While not all criticism of Israel stemmed from anti-Semitism, Podhoretz contends the level of animosity towards Israel rises exponentially the farther left one moved along the spectrum.

When you grow up in a home where your parents went through what my parents went through, you realize that life has to be meaningful. You have to be there for other people.

“It’s a lousy column and a dishonest one,” Halberstam wrote. “So close it. Or you will end up just as shabby as Safire.”

Wye would be seen to have set the groundwork for the creation of a Palestinian state

These are not necessarily the best all-around biographies or studies of the individual presidents listed (though some rank right up there), but the strongest in terms of exploring presidential attitudes and policies toward Israel.

The Clintonan “engagement” liberals remember with such fondness did nothing but embolden Arafat and Hamas and Hizbullah as they witnessed Israel’s only real ally elevate process ahead of policy.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/media-monitor/puffed-rice/2006/11/01/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: