Search Results

Advanced Search

1 to 15 of 65 results

Sort by:

Filter by:


Article Types



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
Show More
Show More
... W. stands for women,’ cried Barbara Bush, Laura Bush, Lynne Cheney, CondoleezzaRice, 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 ...

Short Cuts

Adam Shatz: Condoleezza Rice

3 January 2008
... CondoleezzaRice, 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 ...

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
Show More
Show More
... A month after she left the State Department, CondoleezzaRice 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 ...

Short Cuts

Thomas Jones: ‘Extraordinary Rendition’

5 January 2006
... or be rumoured to go on, through the course of a novel by Don DeLillo. But there is no doubt that it does happen, despite the cagey denials and qualifications of the British and American governments. CondoleezzaRice 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 ...

What Condoleezza​ Said

Tony Wood: Why Did Saakashvili Do It?

11 September 2008
... measures Russia took were clearly intended not only as provocations to Tbilisi, but as signals to Washington. The White House responded by pursuing the missile shield more intently: in early July, CondoleezzaRice 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 ...

Short Cuts

Daniel Soar: What Ahmadinejad Meant

25 May 2006
... as possible’. That turned out to be pretty soon, because before senior representatives of the UN Security Council sat down to dinner in New York that evening, for sea bass at the Waldorf Astoria, CondoleezzaRice 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 ...

Next to Israel, not in place of it

Uri Avnery: What is to be done?

8 March 2007
... composed of fundamentalists who, come what may, will continue to support the extreme right in Israel. So what is to be done? It looks increasingly likely that the answer is: nothing. On 19 February CondoleezzaRice 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 ...


David Bromwich: Putin to the Rescue

26 September 2013
... was partly owing to another of the forces urging American ‘punishment’, namely the advocates 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 CondoleezzaRice (no relation), but they developed their inside credentials on distinct paths: CondoleezzaRice as an academic with ...

At Bozar

Barry Schwabsky: Luc Tuymans

14 April 2011
... Just occasionally, Tuymans treats his source material in a less oblique way. Someday people will need to be told that the tetchy, tight-mouthed face in The Secretary of State (2005) is that of CondoleezzaRice – 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 ...

Short Cuts

Jeremy Harding: Les WikiLeaks

16 December 2010
... Embassy traffic that Sarkozy was supposed to do the decent, gangsta client thing and pull the remains of the public sector apart. Here’s Craig Stapleton, ambassador at the time, in a memo to CondoleezzaRice 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 ...

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
Show More
Show More
... waved away. He had many reasons to consider himself let down. At the White House, Bush was jovial; first, some talk about ‘kissing the asses’ of congressmen. Then others entered the Oval Office, CondoleezzaRice 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 ...

The World according to Cheney, Rice​ and Rumsfeld

Michael Byers: American isolationism

21 February 2002
... choice.’ A country as powerful as the US has many choices, even when struck by a blow as heavy as that of 11 September. The President himself may sometimes forget to chew, but the Vice-President, CondoleezzaRice 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 ...

What I heard about Iraq in 2005

Eliot Weinberger: Iraq

5 January 2006
... White House had deleted the chapter on Iraq from the annual Economic Report of the President, on the grounds that it did not conform with an otherwise cheerful tone. Within a week in January I heard CondoleezzaRice 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 ...

What I Heard about Iraq

Eliot Weinberger: Watch and listen

3 February 2005
... that a CIA report stated: ‘We do not have any direct evidence that Iraq has used the period since Desert Fox to reconstitute its weapons of mass destruction programmes.’ In July 2001, I heard CondoleezzaRice 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 ...

Short Cuts

Thomas Jones: Kicking Dick Cheney

2 August 2007
... to deny the right of detainees to be treated as prisoners of war. The Bush administration ‘fought one of its fiercest internal brawls’ – Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld on one side, Colin Powell and CondoleezzaRice on the other – ‘before Bush ratified the policy that Cheney had declared: the Geneva Conventions would not apply to al-Qaida or Taliban fighters captured on the battlefield.’ Since the War ...

Read anywhere with the London Review of Books app, available now from the App Store for Apple devices, Google Play for Android devices and Amazon for your Kindle Fire.

Read More

Sign up to our newsletter

For highlights from the latest issue, our archive and the blog, as well as news, events and exclusive promotions.

Newsletter Preferences