Conservative national security allies of President Bush are in revolt against Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, saying that she is incompetent and has reversed the administration’s national security and foreign policy agenda.
The conservatives, who include Newt Gingrich, Richard Perle and leading current and former members of the Pentagon and National Security Council, have urged the president to transfer Miss Rice out of the State Department and to an advisory role. They said Miss Rice, stemming from her lack of understanding of the Middle East, has misled the president on Iran and the Arab-Israeli conflict.
"The president has yet to understand that people make policy and not the other way around," a senior national security policy analyst said. "Unlike [former Secretary of State Colin] Powell, Condi is loyal to the president. She is just incompetent on most foreign policy issues."
The criticism of Miss Rice has been intense and comes from a range of Republican loyalists, including current and former aides in the Defense Department and the office of Vice President Dick Cheney. They have warned that Iran has been exploiting Miss Rice's inexperience and incompetence to accelerate its nuclear weapons program. They expect a collapse of her policy over the next few months.
It is getting so confusing to follow the direction of the pointed fingers coming from the Right-Wing as they avoid the "elephant" in their room - the fact that their whole policy idea was, and remains, insane. Now that their "GOD" isn't delivering them the righteous victory they believed they were entitled to, there must have been a "ye of little faith" within the cult. Eventually, of course, they'll get around to those of us who said this would happen if they pursued their insanity because we never believed.
The only defense I've ever been able to come up with for Rice is that she is slightly less incompetent and evil than the camp that is now going after her.
And if that isn't damning with the faintest of praise, I don't know what is.