US President George W. Bush (C), First Lady Laura Bush (L) and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice make their way across the South Lawn on return to the White House in Washington, DC. A political campaign forecast to result in across-the-board political losses for US President George W. Bush's Republican Party officially gets under way, with polls showing voter fatigue with the war in Iraq and a yearning for change.(AFP/Mandel Ngan)OK, so it's obvious that the Bush Administration is having some sort of contest to see who can come up with the most offensive statement to make anti-war folks look bad. It's been neck-and-neck between Rummy and Cheney for a few weeks now, so I didn't even think that Condi was going to enter this high-stakes contest. Not only was I wrong, but an article in today's Daily News shows that not only is she participating, but she's ready to get in there with the heavy-hitters and clear the field with the most outrageous, offensive statement yet! Check it out:
Secretary of State Rice compared the Iraq war with the American Civil War, telling a magazine that slavery might have lasted longer in this country if the North had decided to end the fight early.Wow! I don't think even Cheney is going to be able to outdo that statement for pure gall and shamelessness. Neato, Condi!
"I'm sure there are people who thought it was a mistake to fight the Civil War to its end and to insist that the emancipation of slaves would hold," Rice said in the new issue of Essence magazine.
"I know there were people who said, 'Why don't we get out of this now, take a peace with the South, but leave the South with slaves?'" Rice said.