Condoleezza Rice Should Have Quit Over Iraq War

Condoleezza Rice's memoir proves Obama's success in the war on terror, something Herman Cain couldn't handle.

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Believe it or not, something more important than the Herman Cain scandal shook the political world this week. Condoleezza Rice's book about her White House years came out Tuesday. The former secretary of state takes shots at Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld for their conduct of the war in Iraq.

Rice wants us to believe that she opposed the handling of the war in Iraq. If she really felt that way she should have followed the example of former Secretary of State Williams Jennings Bryan. Bryan adamantly opposed the entry of the United States into World War I. Once Bryan realized that President Wilson was hell-bent on war, he resigned in 1916 to protest the president's policy. If Rice did oppose the conduct of the war why didn't she resign? If she had, the backlash would have led Americans to question the wisdom of U.S. intervention as much as she did.

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In fact, Rice did everything she could to build congressional and public support for the war. In testimony to Congress Rice said, "We don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud." One of the best sound bites in history but completely misleading since we never found any evidence that proves Iraq had nuclear weapons.

Rice's book puts a spotlight on President Obama's success in Libya and President Bush's failure in Iraq. Under Barack Obama's leadership, it cost $1 billion and zero American lives to bring down the dictator in Libya. George W. Bush's Iraqi misadventure cost us $2 trillion and the lives of more than 4,000 brave young Americans.

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Barack Obama has handled foreign policy and national security adeptly. Six of every 10 Americans approved of the president's performance on Iraq according to a survey conducted by CBS News and the New York Times just before and after the president announced his decision to withdraw American troops from Iraq by the end of the year.

During the administration of the second President Bush, terrorists ran wild here and abroad. Barack Obama was able to do something in less than three years that George W. Bush couldn't do in eight. Under President Obama's leadership we have killed Osana bin Laden and decapitated the rest of Al Qaeda's top leadership.

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I don't have much sympathy with any politician under siege by the media. If Cain can't handle the media, he will never be able to handle the pressure of dealing with terrorists, North Koreans, or combatants in the Middle East. The Associated Press reported Wednesday that the Israeli cabinet is considering a strike on Iran's nuclear weapon facilities. Do you really want Herman Cain to be at the helm to deal with the blowback from a war between Iran and Israel. I don't think so. 

Cain might want to take President Harry Truman's advice on pressure which was "if you can stand the heat get out of the kitchen."

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