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I blame Foucault

Jenny Diski: Bush’s Women, 22 September 2005

Bushwomen: Tales of a Cynical Species 
by Laura Flanders.
Verso, 342 pp., £10, July 2005, 1 84467 530 0
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... W. stands for women,’ cried Barbara Bush, Laura Bush, Lynne Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, Karen Hughes, Elaine Chao and Gale Ann Norton at the 2004 Republican National Convention, and in case the Good Ol’ Boy’s good old ladies didn’t get it, a banner explained: ‘The country and my administration have benefited from the strong women who serve as senior members of my White House team ...

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Adam Shatz: Condoleezza Rice, 3 January 2008

... Condoleezza Rice, like everyone else, is ‘worn down and discouraged by the war’, the New York Times reporter Elisabeth Bumiller writes in her new biography (Random House, $27.95). Early morning work-outs on her ‘elliptical trainer’, shopping at expensive boutiques and American Idol provide some relief ...

He wanted a boy

Deborah Friedell: Condoleezza’s Childhood, 20 January 2011

Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family 
by Condoleezza Rice.
Crown, 342 pp., $27, October 2010, 978 0 307 58787 9
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... A month after she left the State Department, Condoleezza Rice signed a three-book deal, reportedly for more than $2.5 million. The first volume is the story of her childhood, about the parents who raised her with ‘high expectations and unconditional love’. What emerges is a kind of parenting how-to guide, if your goal is to raise a child like her – which she assumes it would be ...

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Thomas Jones: ‘Extraordinary Rendition’, 5 January 2006

... does happen, despite the cagey denials and qualifications of the British and American governments. Condoleezza Rice has described extraordinary rendition as a ‘lawful weapon’ which has nothing to do with torture. Tony Blair has suggested it must be OK if only because it’s been going on for years, and a spokesman for the prime minister has blithely ...

What I Heard about Iraq

Eliot Weinberger: Watch and listen, 3 February 2005

... Desert Fox to reconstitute its weapons of mass destruction programmes.’ In July 2001, I heard Condoleezza Rice say: ‘We are able to keep his arms from him. His military forces have not been rebuilt.’ On 11 September 2001, six hours after the attacks, I heard that Donald Rumsfeld said that it might be an opportunity to ‘hit’ Iraq. I heard that ...

What Condoleezza Said

Tony Wood: Why Did Saakashvili Do It?, 11 September 2008

... Washington. The White House responded by pursuing the missile shield more intently: in early July, Condoleezza Rice travelled to Prague to sign a deal on radar facilities. On 9 and 10 July, according to the State Department’s press office, she was in the Georgian capital to ‘discuss Tbilisi’s Nato bid and the separatist conflicts’. Did she and ...

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Daniel Soar: What Ahmadinejad Meant, 25 May 2006

... Security Council sat down to dinner in New York that evening, for sea bass at the Waldorf Astoria, Condoleezza Rice had been apprised of its contents. On its arrival in Washington, presumably after having been tested for anthrax, the letter was rapidly translated from the Farsi and judged for the purposes of public pronouncements to be ...

Next to Israel, not in place of it

Uri Avnery: What is to be done?, 8 March 2007

... So what is to be done? It looks increasingly likely that the answer is: nothing. On 19 February Condoleezza Rice convened a summit in Jerusalem between Olmert and Abbas, strictly for appearance’s sake. Olmert and Abbas agreed to meet again ‘soon’ but no date was fixed. Rice spoke, meaninglessly, of a new ...


David Bromwich: Putin to the Rescue, 26 September 2013

... of humanitarian war, and chief among them the president’s national security adviser, Susan Rice. Her stance differs very little from that of her predecessor Condoleezza Rice (no relation), but they developed their inside credentials on distinct paths: Condoleezza Rice as ...

How the War Will End

Karim Makdisi: Israel’s war on Lebanon, 3 August 2006

... them, though France, China and Russia at least have made reassuring gestures. George Bush and Condoleezza Rice have backed Israel’s right to ‘self-defence’ and blamed Hizbullah’s very existence for the current violence. Meanwhile Tony Blair – in an ironic reversal of the Blair Doctrine, which calls for intervention for humanitarian reasons ...

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Jeremy Harding: Les WikiLeaks, 16 December 2010

... remains of the public sector apart. Here’s Craig Stapleton, ambassador at the time, in a memo to Condoleezza Rice on the new man in the Elysée, a few months after his presidential victory in 2007: ‘He has met with predictable opposition (most dramatically in the form of transport strikes), and some questioning among political allies of his strategy ...

At Bozar

Barry Schwabsky: Luc Tuymans, 14 April 2011

... need to be told that the tetchy, tight-mouthed face in The Secretary of State (2005) is that of Condoleezza Rice – but that time is still to come. What’s clear, though, is that her ‘No comment’ is echoed in the painting. Not only is he not editorialising – the catalogue’s critique of her public persona does little to illuminate the painting ...

First Puppet, Now Scapegoat

Inigo Thomas: Ass-Chewing in Washington, 30 November 2006

State of Denial: Bush at War 
by Bob Woodward.
Simon and Schuster, 560 pp., £18.99, October 2006, 0 7432 9566 8
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... some talk about ‘kissing the asses’ of congressmen. Then others entered the Oval Office, Condoleezza Rice among them. There was a conversation about Iraq. As the meeting drew to a close, Garner said to Bush: ‘The one thing I’ll tell you, I’ve had three weeks to work with Ambassador Bremer and he’s one of the hardest working men I’ve ...

The World according to Cheney, Rice and Rumsfeld

Michael Byers: American isolationism, 21 February 2002

... that of 11 September. The President himself may sometimes forget to chew, but the Vice-President, Condoleezza Rice and Donald Rumsfeld would have been quick to spot the opportunities presented by the crisis. Doubters need only think of Jo Moore, Stephen Byers’s adviser, who got into trouble for suggesting that the attack on the World Trade Center ...

What I heard about Iraq in 2005

Eliot Weinberger: Iraq, 5 January 2006

... grounds that it did not conform with an otherwise cheerful tone. Within a week in January I heard Condoleezza Rice say there were 120,000 Iraqi troops trained to take over the security of the country; I heard Senator Joseph Biden, Democrat from Delaware, say that the number was closer to 4000; I heard Donald Rumsfeld say: ‘The fact of the matter is ...

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