Rice Talks of World Shocks in Sacto

Valerie Starr:

Condoleeza Rice spoke to a packed house last night at the Sacramento Speaker Series at the Community Center.

Knowing that Rice played such a large role in history, her biography lasted more than five minutes.  She is best known as the secretary of state under George W. Bush during his first term, and the National Security adviser during his second term.

Rice is currently a professor of political economy in the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and serves on multiple boards and is involved in many activities.

When asked by the moderator, “How shall I address you? Secretary? Professor?”  Rice answered, “Condi.”

Even those who may or may not be a fan of George W. Bush would have come away from the speech impressed.

Rice launched into discussing the challenges we are facing and how different it is to be out of government.  “When I read the paper and see the headlines, it is interesting and I no longer feel responsible for what’s in the news,” she said.

Three Great Shocks

Rice said that the international system experienced three great shocks, forever changing the way we think about the world.

According to Rice, the first great shock, 9/11, forever changed our idea of physical security.  Especially when it only cost the attackers about $300,000 dollars.

On Sept. 11, 2001, the president was on a four-hour trip to Florida. Normally, the national security adviser would be with him.  But that day, since he would be gone for only a short time, it was decided that Rice would not go.  She said she yelled at the president on the phone when he insisted on returning.  She yelled, “Stay where you are, we are under attack.”

She said the second great shock was the financial crisis. Rice said that, when you have an economic crisis, it rearranges the pieces on the chessboard.  Rice explained that the Europeans have not come through well.  Europeans are on a single currency but do not have a single policy.  And frankly, “The Greeks have cooked the books and unity has suffered.” She was speaking about the unity of the European Union.

The third shock was the Arab Spring of 2011 and how reform did not come early enough in the Middle East. Rice said that many of those countries have to choose to govern, or be ideologically pure.

Mentioning the “basket cases” of this region — Libya, Syria and Yemen, with Iran whose desire for nuclear weapons is a great threat — Rice said that we are about to see some real confrontation.

She told interesting and witty stories about meeting with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Moammar Gaddafi, the late Lybian leader, who apparently had a crush on her, as well as some dignitaries from Russia.

The other country she discussed extensively was China, and how they are an economical miracle.  She said that hundreds of millions of people are now out of poverty. But there are millions to go, with increasing labor unrest due to low wages.  And they have a serious demographic problem. China’s one child policy has lead to missing baby girls, and 30 million Chinese men can’t find dates.

Rice added that we are yet to see if China will lead a knowledge-based revolution.

She talked about her concern for Mexico and the violence leading to thousands of murders and killings.

Rice’s Background

After the discussion of world affairs, Rice gave the audience a look at her background.

Since I hadn’t read any of her books, it was interesting to learn she grew up in a segregated Alabama.  Even though her parents tried to shield her from it, she lost a childhood friend in the 1963 Birmingham church bombing.  Even with this, Rice was not allowed to see herself as a victim.

Her family taught her that racism was the racist’s problem — not her problem. She never felt others controlled her fate.  Rice said that we live in a country where we can right our wrongs.  “It didn’t matter where you came from; it matters where you are going,” said Rice. “More than any other country, you can come from lower means and achieve great things.”

During the Q & A, there were several questions asking if Rice would consider a vice president slot on the Republican presidential ticket. She stated clearly that she is not a politician but a policy person.

She was also asked what advice she would give to Gov. Jerry Brown.  Rice said she would tell the governor, or anyone who asked, that the foremost solution to helping this state is to find a way to keep industry in California and bring it back. “You can’t keep jobs if you don’t have manufacturing,” Rice said.

She addressed California’s tax structure and, lastly, education. She said we should pay good teacherswhatever we can and applauded the state University system.

The event was the first time I attended the speaker series at the Sacramento Community Center. I was not disappointed. Rice is a living testimony to having faced great challenges and having achieved great things. Coming from segregated Alabama, to becoming a Soviet specialist, to secretary of State was an amazing path.

Jan. 12, 2012

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  1. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 12 January, 2012, 10:36

    “Rice launched into discussing the challenges we are facing and how different it is to be out government. “When I read the paper and see the headlines, it is interesting and I no longer feel responsible for what’s in the news.”

    What a farce. Rice was nothing but a Bush lapdog. How short her memory is. How many died during Katrina while she was on her thousand dollar shoe buying spree on Fifth Ave. in Manhattan? How many US boys died and how many US taxdollars were wasted in Iraq based on the fabricated, trumpted stories of WMD’s? What about the economic meltdown during the Bush administration that we still suffer from? Millions lost their homes, jobs and life savings. What exactly did Rice accomplish as National Security Advisor and Defense Secretary other than taking away more of our civil liberties and spreading death and destruction throughout the globe? And now she tries to wash her hands of it??? 😀 Hilarious.

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  2. Bob
    Bob 12 January, 2012, 12:05

    Did she mention anything about mushroom clouds?

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  3. Bob
    Bob 12 January, 2012, 12:07

    “…having achieved great things.”

    That’s hillarious.

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  4. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 12 January, 2012, 13:18

    “According to Rice, the first great shock, 9/11, forever changed our idea of physical security”

    And resulted in the occupation of a foreign land 3X longer than WW2, $billions$ of wasted dollars, the loss of over a half million lives and, of course, the Patriot Act and NDAA. And Al-Queda is still alive and well. In fact Al-Queda helped Obama with his regime change in Libya. She left that part out.

    “She said the second great shock was the financial crisis. Rice said that, when you have an economic crisis, it rearranges the pieces on the chessboard”

    How did it rearrange the pieces on your chessboard, Condi? You’ll make millions off your book. Did you ever lose your home, job or life savings on account of the financial crisis? It was the administration that you worked for that was largely responsible for it. It was all avoidable. Bush and company turned their head the other way while Wall Street raped Main Street. And that’s a fact.

    “The third shock was the Arab Spring of 2011 and how reform did not come early enough in the Middle East. Rice said that many of those countries have to choose to govern, or be ideologically pure”

    Reform to you is invading nations and uprooting regimes, Condi, while leaving a wake of death and destruction in it’s path. The Arab people are protesting because their currencies are tied to the petrodollar and we have exported our inflation abroad causing the price of their food to increase beyond the average man’s ability to purchase it. They don’t give a damn about democracy. They are hungry. The want to eat. Generally people get upset when they have empty bellies and no food.

    Reporters who stroke these scoundrels after they leave office make me want to vomit.

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  5. David H
    David H 12 January, 2012, 20:19

    Interesting insight non-the-less. 30 million Chinese men without a date = 30 million communist soldiers. I just came across these old article today in my storage unit. “Islamic terrorists vow to strike in ’86” (The News Tribune, Tacoma, Wed. Jan. 1, 1986) and “Would Raid Syria, Iran, Reagan Says” WASHINGTON–President Reagan said Wednesday that if he had solid information linking Syria and Iran to terrorist incidents he would not hesitate to attack their capitals just as he ordered and air raid on Libyan targets…

    Nothing new here, move along ;-/

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  6. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 12 January, 2012, 22:13

    Rice, Hillary and Nancy Pelosi are the 3 witches of Macbeth.

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  7. JoeS
    JoeS 13 January, 2012, 06:55

    Beelzebub gets a little confused.

    Dr. Rice shopping for shoes has nothing to do with New Orleans’ Mayor deserting his citizens. The Mayor moved his family to Houston while 20,000 of his citizens were deserted. Blame Nagin, not Bush. Mississippi responded to the threat effectively and rebuilt. That is local government, not national

    Beelzebub, what do Hillary and Pelosi have to do with Dr. Rice? A more thoughtful analysis could have substituted Maxine Waters or Laura Richardson for Dr. Rice. That would indeed be a demonic threesome.

    How is Dr. Rice responsible for Obama giving control of Egypt and Libya to the Muslim Brotherhood? I agree it is a disastrous foreign policy but Obama did not get this faulty advice from Dr. Rice. (He got that advice from HIS Secretary of State, Hillary. Maybe you can’t tell the difference between Dr. Rice and Hillary?) Look back, Hello?, Dr. Rice and President Bush supported a long term US ally in Egypt.

    Wall St raped Main St? Are you referring to Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac? If you read a little more closely, you would learn that the Bush Treasury Dept tried to shut them down thirteen times. Now, Beelzebub, think! Dr. Rice was involved with FOREIGN policy… the real estate bubble is not FOREIGN policy.

    I know facts confuse you, Beelzebub, try a little harder, or if you can’t say intelligent things, don’t say anything. Then, at least, we will think you are intelligent.

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  8. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 13 January, 2012, 10:30

    “Dr. Rice shopping for shoes has nothing to do with New Orleans’ Mayor deserting his citizens”

    Rice was nothing but a lapdog for Bush. Everybody knows it. If Bush squatted Condi was there to pick it up for him. The fact that she was on a thousand dollar shoe buying spree while New Orleans was underwater and thousands were left homeless or dying simply reflected her elitist attitude and dereliction of duty. I am not an apologist for Nagin as you for for Condi. He’s just as big a load as she is. But any fool knows that a disaster as large as Katrina requires immediate Federal intervention – both with finances and resources.

    “How is Dr. Rice responsible for Obama giving control of Egypt and Libya to the Muslim Brotherhood?”

    Rice was all in on the Iraq invasion that massacred 5000 US boys, 400,000 innocent civilians and dislocated millions over trumped up propoganda of phantom WMD’s and mushroom clouds. Her hands are soaked in blood. She supported turning Afghanistan into a marathon war that has lasted 3 times longer than WW2. The Israeli-Palestine conflict grew worse under her watch. North Korea built their nuke under her watch. Condi was a total disaster for American diplomacy. Putin and the Russians made jokes about her as she left the international meetings to go to the restroom. None of the foreign leaders had any respect for her except for Gaddhafi who reportedly had the hots for her.

    “Beelzebub, what do Hillary and Pelosi have to do with Dr. Rice?”

    All three of them couldn’t give a damn about those who they purport(ed) to represent. All three are elitist pigs – who start wars and side the big money. You can’t name a thing that Condi accomplished as the National Security Advisor or as the Secretary of Defense. She was basically worthless. All we got from her were wars and the confiscation of individual liberties. Condi was window dressing and a Bush boot licker. Condi received official warnings of terrorists about to hyjack commercial planes prior to 911 and crapcanned them. Reports of muslims on expired visas learning how to fly commercial jets at a Florida flight school with no interest in learning how to take off or land. And she sat on it. The rest is history.

    “Wall St raped Main St? Are you referring to Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac? If you read a little more closely, you would learn that the Bush Treasury Dept tried to shut them down thirteen times”

    Those who think the Wall Street investment firms had nothing to do with the financial collapse are either preposterously ignorant or deceitful liars. Bush was the ringleader of the financial collapse. He caused the housing bubble. And he put a leash on the regulatory agencies and the FBI while the Wall Street pigs packaged up toxic mortgage backed securities and sold them to unsuspecting investors worldwide. That’s the reason millions lost their homes, jobs and life savings. TBTF banks were laundering BILLIONS in drug money under the Bush administration and Bush did not criminally prosecute one banker for it. Wall Street raped Main Street under Bush and continue to do so under Obama.

    Partisans like JoeS are one reason this nation is swirling the commode. The conservative serfs fight the liberal pawns while the elite oligarchs laugh all the way to the bank.

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