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Rutgers Prof. Bell: Condi Rice Supported Torture in Iraq.

A Rutgers University history professor says he helped circulate a petition to ban former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice from giving this year’s commencement address because she allegedly promoted torture and lied about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

“We believe she was deeply co-involved in the authorization of what she [called] extended, expanded or enhanced interrogation but which we call torture and in violation of international human rights,” Dr. Rudolph “Rudy” Bell told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.

“We also think that she played a critical role in perpetrating the misinformation and outright lies concerning weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, which led to a war for no purpose.

“[It] resulted in the deaths of 100,000 Iraqis. So, we don’t think she’s an appropriate commencement speaker.”

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On Friday, Rutgers University President Robert Barchi reaffirmed the selection of Rice as commencement speaker.

“On May 18, we will welcome former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to deliver the 2014 Rutgers University–New Brunswick commencement address,” Barchi wrote in a note to the university.

It was his first comment on Rice’s upcoming appearance since a faculty group called on Rutgers to pull the invitation.

Bell said his information is based on “a variety of sources” including New York Times reports and official documentation.

“Certainly, nobody doubts that there was water boarding,” he said.

Bell added that he is not against Rice visiting Rutgers on other days.

“She’s welcome to come to campus tomorrow, the day after tomorrow, any day she wants. Anything but commencement, I welcome her,” he said.

“We welcome academic freedom. She is welcome to give a talk and we should then in response ask her questions. That’s what academic freedom is about. Not being a commencement speaker.”

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By Bill Hoffmann

Bipartisan Task Force: Citizenship A Must for True Immigration Reform.

A bipartisan group says the nation can no longer “afford or tolerate” what amounts to “de facto amnesty” for the 11 million illegal immigrants living in the United States and must allow them to apply for citizenship.

In an op-ed piece published Thursday by Politico, the four co-chairs of the Bipartisan Policy Center‘s Immigration Task Force laid out a plan to “fix” or reform key areas of the U.S. immigration system, beginning with the recognition that the millions of immigrants living here illegally are not going away. They agreed that it does not make sense economically or morally not allow the opportunity to become citizens.

The co-chairs are former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros, and former Govs. Haley Barbour of Mississippi and and Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania.

“These individuals are not living up to their economic potential, are open to exploitation and cost us millions of dollars annually in law enforcement and other expenses,” they wrote. “No matter how you spin it, what exists today is de facto amnesty, a situation we can no longer afford or tolerate.”

Creating a path to citizenship was just one of several recommendations laid out by the task force co-chairs, who also stressed that the public “deserves to know whether the nation’s borders are secure and how effectively their border-protection tax dollars are being spent.”

The four called for Congress to authorize “scientifically valid” measures to assess progress on border control, adding that the measures should be audited independently to ensure an accurate picture of unauthorized immigration.

“Protecting America’s national security also depends on our ability to enforce our immigration laws within the country,” they wrote, noting the system must also be able to accurately show how many immigrants remain in the United States after their visas expire.

The group also called for a system that does not allow undocumented immigrants to receive green cards before others who have applied legally and are waiting. They make an exception, however, for those who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. They also recommended that visas “for those currently in line should be made available within a maximum 10-year period.”

The two Democratic and two Republican co-chairs agree that a steady flow of legal immigrants who have made contributions to help build the nation is well documented and should be continued through a robust worker visa program that attracts both skilled and unskilled workers.

Small businesses would also benefit from being able to bring in immigrant workers through a new legal visa program, they said. But they called for a visa system that’s directed more toward industries facing labor shortages. The new visa program, they said, must also include tougher penalties for employers who exploit undocumented immigrants.

Rice, Barbour, Cisneros, and Rendell said the “current system is fundamentally flawed and broken,” but they insisted that there is plenty of room for Republican and Democrats to reach a consensus on how to move forward.

“If we can focus on where there is agreement and then work conscientiously to narrow our differences, then real and durable reform is possible,” they concluded.

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By Sandy Fitzgerald

Rice: Terrorist Acts Test Presidential Leadership.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says terrorist attacks like the one that rocked the Boston Marathon present presidents with a leadership dilemma.

While presidents typically wants to comfort the nation, Rice says, it can be difficult for them to do this while saying or doing nothing that would compromise a crime investigation.

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Rice tells “CBS This MorningPresident Barack Obama “wants to reassure the American people that the government is on the trail.” But she also says he “has to be very careful not to give out information prematurely here and they have to be sure they aren’t tipping off the people who are responsible.”

Rice was President George W. Bush’s national security adviser when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

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A Black Physician Reflects on the 2013 Inaugural Address.

Dr. Marilyn Singleton
Dr. Marilyn Singleton

Despite the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, many of us were too busy seeing patients to hear President Obama’s second inaugural address. It was less painful to read the transcript.

“What binds this nation together is not the color of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names,” he stated. Then let’s end the government’s obsession with African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and Asian-Americans (but never European-Americans). We are all Americans. I feel some moral authority and passion on this subject as a black American whose family moved here from England in the 1600s. I am a full-blooded American!I can’t bear to hear one more person say, “I’m so glad we have an African-American president.” How ironic: Martin Luther King, Jr., urged that we judge people by the content of their character, not the color of their skin.

The head of the Congressional Black Caucus admitted that the CBC treats the President with a “deference” not accorded to a white President, and that the CBC is “hesitant” to criticize the current President. “With 14 percent unemployment [versus 6.9 percent for whites], if we had a white president, we’d be marching around the White House.”

This Administration and/or its tools use race as a crutch when facing legitimate criticism, for example Susan Rice’s willful or incompetent misleading of Americans about the Benghazi deaths. Rep. Jim Clyburn said calling Susan Rice “unqualified” to be Secretary of State was a racist “code word.”

Curiously, “unqualified” was not a “code word” when used against Clarence Thomas in his Supreme Court hearings. It was noted that he was particularly unqualified because he had served on the D.C. Circuit for only one year and four months. God forbid we should raise the same question about Elena Kagan or Thurgood Marshall (whom Thomas replaced), who were never judges at all.

And what about the other Rice? Who can forget how a former Secretary of State, Dr. Condoleezza Rice, was maliciously attacked as a “house slave” in the Bush Administration?

We next learned that the “patriots of 1776 did not fight to replace the tyranny of a king with the privileges of a few, or the rule of the mob.” I guess President Obama and Nancy Pelosi are not part of the Spirit of ’76 since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA or “ObamaCare”) was rammed through Congress with a five-vote margin, 34 Democrats and all 178 Republicans voting against it. Obama only had one open discussion session, breaking his campaign promise to have open negotiations on C-SPAN.

Instead, Democrats in the White House and Congress made private, multibillion-dollar deals with hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, other special interests—and each other.
Moreover, said Obama, “Together we discovered that a free market only thrives when there are rules to ensure competition and fair play.” Rules are fine when the President makes them up along the way. ACA waivers come to mind.

“We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care.” Now that we are learning how “reform” will increase costs, it is clear that naming it the Affordable Care Act was a marketing tool. The most bothersome aspect is that we don’t yet know the identity of the “choosers” who will decide whose care to ration or whose bank account to raid. It is very telling that Obama did not proudly extol the virtues of his signature legislation.

“We understand that outworn programs are inadequate to the needs of our time.” Then, Mr. President, encourage Harry Reid to act on congressional legislation that attempts to restructure Medicare and Social Security instead of deriding these efforts as throwing Granny off a cliff.

Sadly, a thread woven throughout the speech was that Obama will liberate us from our autonomous, free, yet nonetheless pathetic, unhappy existence. He asserted several times that only a select few were making it in America, and he was going to do something about that!

We can only hope that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was right: “A lie cannot live.”


Marilyn M. Singleton, M.D., is a board-certified anesthesiologist, professor, lawyer and Association of American Physicians and Surgeons member.

The listening legacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The legacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of State may be in her enhancement of the diplomatic art of listening to other peoples – especially women – and not only world leaders. With President Obama honoring her in a “60 Minutes” interview, that legacy needs to be sustained.

The greatest challenge of our time, said Madeleine Albright last week to a group of Massachusetts students, “is between the people who are willing to listen and those who believe they know it all.”

As the first female United States secretary of State (1997 to 2001), Ms. Albright set a precedent for the US in the art of listening more and asserting its interests less in foreign affairs. She was a model for two women who later ran the State DepartmentCondoleezza Riceand Hillary Rodham Clinton.

As Secretary Clinton now leaves office after four years as America’s top diplomat, she, too, is telling others – such as in a “60 Minutes” interview with President Obama – that diplomatic style matters as much as substance for the world’s most powerful country.

Take, for example, her advice to US lawmakers last week on how the US should act in North Africa to repel Al Qaeda-linked Islamic militants: “We have to approach it with humility.”

The US military alone can’t stabilize a terrorist-torn nation like Mali, the center of current fighting in North Africa. The Pentagon’s previous training of Mali’s Army only led to a coup against an elected leader, sparking the kind of chaos on which Islamists thrive. Instead, as Clinton advised, the US must learn from the examples of Somalia and Colombia, where the US helped deploy a balance of its assets – diplomacy, development, and defense, or the “3 D’s” – to quell insurgencies in those countries.

Clinton refers to this security strategy as “smart power,” but its main tactic is to hold back force in reserve in favor of connecting first to other nations through personal ties and building coalitions. A good part of her legacy also lies in building closer ties between the State Department and the Pentagon and in expanding the US diplomatic corps.

“Nobody can match us in military assets and prowess,” she told Congress last week, “but a lot of the challenges we face are not immediately – or sustainably – solved by military action alone.”

Her favorite approach, as seen during official visits to 112 countries, was to listen to private citizens, mainly women, young people, and leaders of “civil society” groups. This listening style allowed her to take the pulse of a country but also plant seeds of goodwill and expand shared values. If she doesn’t run for president in 2016, this “soft power” activism may be her next calling.

She leaves State having enhanced an office devoted to women’s rights and created one dedicated to young people. With Mr. Obama in office for four more years, this style of outreach will likely continue under the incoming secretary of State, Sen. John F. Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat.

By talking directly to women in countries with mass poverty and conflict, Clinton elevated their status in the economy and as leaders. “People are beginning to see that empowering women leads to economic development. That you don’t espouse women’s rights because it’s a virtuous thing to do but because it leads to economic growth,” she said.

Women are also usually the people most affected by war, and thus often the ones who must be on the front lines of negotiating for peace. Clinton’s global “listening” tours may have left lasting contrails of peacemaking that won’t be seen for decades.

Perhaps the measure of future secretaries of State should no longer be the policy “doctrine” they leave behind but the quality of bonds created with other peoples.


By the Monitor’s Editorial Board | Christian Science Monitor

Clinton soars, Palin plummets in most-admired survey.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sets a record in Gallup’s annual most-admired survey, while Sarah Palin falls farther off the popularity radar.

800px-Defense.gov_News_Photo_100406-D-7203C-002Gallup has run its most-admired man and woman survey since World War II, and in the 2012 edition, Clinton and President Barack Obama kept their top positions among those asked a simple question: “What man that you have heard or read about, living today in any part of the world, do you admire most? And who is your second choice?”

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Clinton was named as most-admired woman for the 17th time since she became a national figure in 1992. Eleanor Roosevelt held the previous record when she was named 13 times as the most-admired woman.

The only two women to finish ahead of Clinton in that 20-year period were Mother Teresa (twice) andLaura Bush (once).

Obama was named most-admired man for the fifth time. President Dwight Eisenhower was named 12 times in the survey as most admired.

Palin came within one percentage point of matching Hillary Clinton in 2009, when she had 15 percent of the polling, compared with 16 percent for Clinton.

In 2012, Palin had just 2 percent of the polling, finishing in a fifth-place tie. Clinton had 21 percent, followed by First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and Condoleezza Rice.

President Barack Obama had 30 percent of the polling for men, followed by Nelson Mandela, Mitt Romney, the Reverend Billy Graham, George W. Bush, and Pope Benedict XVI.

The pollsters at Gallup say it’s not unusual for the current president to be named as most-admired man. But in the past, Pope John Paul II, Henry Kissinger, and then-former president Eisenhower were picked over sitting presidents.

With the exception of Mother Teresa, the eight most popular women in the poll since 1946 have had political connections. Margaret Thatcher and Jacqueline Kennedy won a combined 11 times.

The Reverend Billy Graham has appeared in the top 10 list a staggering 56 times, with Ronald Reagan second with 31 appearances. Queen Elizabeth II has been in the top 10 list 46 times. However, neither Graham nor the queen were ever named first in the poll.

Among the names from the 2011 top 10 list that didn’t make it in the following year are Angeline Jolie, Warren Buffett, Donald Trump, Bill Gates, Laura Bush, Ellen DeGeneres, and Michele Bachmann.


By NCC Staff | National Constitution Center

How John McCain Forced Out Susan Rice.

It seemed a little strange that Sen. John McCain launched a crusade against U.N. ambassador Susan Rice for what she said about the Benghazi attacks on five Sunday talk shows September 17, but it’s stranger still that he won. Rice withdrew her name from consideration to be Secretary of State Thursday afternoon, and President Obama released a statement saying he accepted it. (Click here for more updates and a statement from McCain.) Only a few weeks ago, Obama sounded like he was strongly behind Rice, saying, “If Senator McCain and Senator Graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me.” How did he change course so fast? Not only did McCain’s successful campaign to block Rice’s appointment focused on an odd part of the controversy — Rice’s punditry — but McCain wasn’t all that good at waging it. Here’s a timeline of the big moments that forced out Rice — and probably now welcome in John Kerry:

September 11: Four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, are killed in attacks on the American consulate in Benghazi.

September 17: Rice goes on five Sunday shows and says that the best available intelligence suggests the attacks were inspired by protests in front of the American embassy in Cairo over an anti-Islam video. By then, there were reports suggesting they weren’t related.

November 15: McCain holds a press conference about Rice during a classified hearing on Benghazi.

November 16: David Petraeus meets with lawmakers and tells them what the CIA talking points were. In a word-for-word comparison, they were quite close to what Rice said.

November 20: McCain shifts his complaints to say he’s upset the Director of National Intelligence changed Rice’s talking points to remove references to terror groups.

November 25: McCain softens his tone on Rice, saying he’s open to talking with Rice about Benghazi: “I think she deserves the ability and the opportunity to explain her position.”

November 27: Rice meets with McCain, Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte about her talking points. She issues a statement saying her talking points were partially “incorrect.” McCain isn’t satisfied.

December 10: It’s announced McCain will join the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which is in charge of vetting Obama’s Secretary of State nominee.

Rice hadn’t been in the news much while Washington fixated on the fiscal cliff, so why release her withdrawal now? Why not wait until Obama nominated someone else? In Rice’s letter to Obama withdrawing her name from consideration, she says, “The position of Secretary of State should never be politicized.” Given recent history (Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice), she’s leaning pretty heavily on the difference between “should never be” and “has never been.”

Perhaps Rice’s decision had something to do with a new problem: reports that she is significantly investedin the Canadian company that wanted to build the Keystone XL pipeline, which the State Department delayed. Conservatives were looking at other Rice investments, like in Royal Dutch Shell, which buys Iranian oil. Maybe there as a sense that the Rice fight would never end?

In a statement following Rice’s announcement, McCain thanked her for her service but said he’d continue to “seek the facts.” There was a sense, during and after the election, that conservatives were shocked Benghazi — a terrorist attack amid worldwide protests — didn’t undo the Obama campaign. But McCain certainly never doubted he would win in the long run. At a December 3 press conference, he referred to John Kerry — long seen as Obama’s second choice for Secretary of State — as “Mr. Secretary.” We’ll see about that.

Source: YAHOO NEWS / The Atlantic Wire.


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