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In republican world the period between January 2001 and January 2009 didn’t really happen.

Via Twitter:

Rep. Vicky Hartzler ‏@RepHartzler

The tale of two ‘Rices’– Susan Rice is no Condoleezza Rice! I wish Condoleezza Rice were being considered for Sec. of State instead! 9:17 AM – 27 Nov 12

We certainly hope not.

April 8, 2004:


[Condoleezza] RICE. I remember very well that the president was aware that there were issues inside the United States. He’d talked to people about this. But I don’t remember the al Qaeda cells as being something that we were told we needed to do something about.

[Richard] BEN-VENISTE. Isn’t it a fact, Dr. Rice, that the Aug. 6 P.D.B. warned against possible attacks in this country? And I ask you whether you recall the title of that P.D.B.

RICE. I believe the title was Bin Laden Determined To Attack Inside the United States. Now, the P.D.B. –

BEN-VENISTE. Thank you.

RICE. No, Mr. Ben-Veniste –

BEN-VENISTE. I will get into the –

RICE. I would like to finish my point here.

BEN-VENISTE. I didn’t know there was a point.

RICE. Given that – you asked me whether or not it warned of attacks.

BEN-VENISTE. I asked you what the title was.


Oh, by the way, did anyone ever find those weapons of mass destruction in Iraq?

Search for the ‘smoking gun’



Friday, January 10, 2003 Posted: 5:58 PM EST (2258 GMT)

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Last September 8, I interviewed President Bush’s National Security Adviser, Dr. Condoleezza Rice. I was pressing her on Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s nuclear capabilities.

“We know that he has the infrastructure, nuclear scientists to make a nuclear weapon,” she told me. “And we know that when the inspectors assessed this after the Gulf War, he was far, far closer to a crude nuclear device than anybody thought — maybe six months from a crude nuclear device.”

Dr. Rice then said something that was ominous and made headlines around the world.

“The problem here is that there will always be some uncertainty about how quickly he can acquire nuclear weapons. But we don’t want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud….”

Just asking.