Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Out-wit, out-class

People choose to use the liberty afforded them in a free democracy in different ways. California Senator Barbara Boxer chooses to brandish her freedom to make herself, her state and the Democratic party all look silly. In the whiny tone we're getting used to hearing from the Left, Boxer reminded us why the Democrats can't be trusted to protect us from foreign (or domestic) threats by calling Dr. Condi Rice a liar during her confirmation hearing.
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Condoleezza Rice defended the war in Iraq during her Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday, sparring with one Democrat who suggested her loyalty to President Bush and support for the conflict "overwhelmed your respect for the truth."

Rice bristled at the comment by Sen. Barbara Boxer of California. "I have to say that I have never, ever, lost respect for the truth in the service of anything," she said.

"This is a pattern here of what I see from you," Boxer said. "It's very troubling. ... It's hard for me to let go of this war because people are still dying."

"If you can't admit to this mistake, I hope that you will rethink it," Boxer said.

"Senator, we can have this discussion in any way that you would like," Rice replied. "But I really hope that you will refrain from impugning my integrity."

Rice insisted the war in Iraq was not launched solely over WMD. Deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, she said, welcomed terrorists, attacked his own neighbors and paid suicide bombers in the conflict between Israel and Palestinians.

But Boxer said the resolution that authorized Bush to launch the war in Iraq talked about "WMD, period."
If you read a single sentence of U.N. Resolution 1441 you'll have read more than Barbara Boxer did. It clearly gives multiple reasons for disposing of Saddam. Boxer didn't allow the inconvenience of the truth to get in the way of her chance to take swings at a woman so clearly out of her reach.

A better politician would be more adept at concealing her hostility towards a woman who so clearly out-classes and out-smarts her. Boxer came from a privileged family, got a BA in Economics from Brooklyn College and married money. In contrast, Dr. Rice was born in a house with a dirt floor and on her own merits has:
Born November 14, 1954 in Birmingham, Alabama, she earned her bachelor's degree in political science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver in 1974; her master's from the University of Notre Dame in 1975; and her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver in 1981. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been awarded honorary doctorates from Morehouse College in 1991, the University of Alabama in 1994, the University of Notre Dame in 1995, the National Defense University in 2002, the Mississippi College School of Law in 2003, the University of Louisville and Michigan State University in 2004. She resides in Washington, D.C.
Oh yeah, and she's a political science professor at Stanford University.

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