Dear Commons Community,
Mike Lupica reviewed Condoleeza Rice’s new book, No Higher Honor, in his NY Daily News Column yesterday. Mr. Lupica appropriately titled his review, Condoleeza Rice joins George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld on Iraq spin control.
Here are a few excerpts from his review:
“Rice is no better than Cheney trying to sell not just her book but this idea that somehow the decision to start a war and take out a regional thug who had absolutely nothing to do with 9/11 has somehow been vindicated.”
“… after moving on a country that had no weapons of mass destruction, that was never going to pose a threat to this country, Rice not only wants to validate Bush’s “Freedom Agenda” in Iraq, she wants to give Bush and Cheney and Rumsfeld – and herself, of course – credit for the uprisings of Tunisia, Egypt, and :Libya in this year’s Arab Spring.”
And asked about the cost of the war Rice says:
“I don’t think you put a price on a Middle East that will look very different without Saddam Hussein and with movement toward freedom.. She knows better, knows the price was nearly 4,500 dead American soldiers. The price was more than 30,000 American wounded and 100,000 dead Iraqis.
We grieve for our war dead and wounded. And of the dead Iraqis, their children and grandchildren will minimally distrust if not hate America for decades to come.