In the new edition of Uncommon Knowledge, Peter Robinson welcomes his Hoover Institution colleague Condoleezza Rice. It’s a suitably extended edition of the show, running over an hour, occasioned by the publication of Rice’s memoir of service in the Bush administration, No Higher Honor. I should add that in her warm family memoir, Extraordinary Ordinary People — also necessary reading — Secretary Rice recalls her parents and her upbringing in Birmingham, Alabama.
You can argue with her, you can disagree with her — I think I’m with Steve Hayes on the gist of the critique that Peter raises with Secretary Rice, and I think Secretary Rice remains somewhat unpersuasive if not unperceptive on matters related to the Palestinians — but it’s extremely difficult to dislike or disrespect her. She is an engaging and formidable lady.
In the interview Secretary Rice discusses the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, her days as George Bush’s national security adviser and secretary of state, and the current state of the world including Iran, Egypt and Saudi Arabia and the Arab Spring, Russia, China, al Qaeda and the war. On Obama, I would like to add, she has a few choice and, to me, surprising words. Thank you, Secretary Rice.
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