Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice joined Sean Hannity Tuesday November 1, 2011 to talk about her new book "No Higher Honor"
Most of the interview has been uploaded to YouTube by someone.
Don't want the NFL commissioner job any more. Condi's music tastes : Brahms and Led Zeppelin. Otis the driver for Secretary of State Rice. Don't like playing the race card.
Something about Al Gore and Peace and Prosperity?
Too polite to say "long shot" to Governor George W. Bush.
Condi's father just before he died.
Impressions of George W. Bush - in person and on TV.
President asked smart incisive questions. Strategic thinker make world freer and more prosperous. Exceptional president. Read 5 books for every 1 Condi read.
Gaddafi crush. Meeting with him.
The Arab spring. Freedom gap kept decent politics out of public square leaving Islamic extemists to organise. Transistion where extremists might do well first time around.
Political reform late but authoritarianism not stable. 2005 speech - US had tried to trade democracy for stability but got neither. 9/11, freedom gap produced hopelessness and hatred and extremism. Bush doctrine. Iranians poster child for state sponsors of terrorism.
Iranian nuclear weapons program. US fire power. Pressure on economy, sanctions - bank, oil. Pressure on Iranians in Iraq. Captured Iranian deputy Quds force commander.
Bin Laden. George W. Bush made tough decisions to defend the country. Obama made election promises did not keep because it is different when you sit in the Oval Office.
Chaotic time in the Middle East - help institutions.
Father could not register to vote in 1952 - takes time for democracy to prove itself.
We are not powerless to effect & help democracy in Middle East.
Rumsfeld substantive disagreements. National Security Advisor.
Colin Powell could have run for president in 2000.
Strong opinions told to president.
Iraq was difficult issue and relationships with Rumsfeld to a certain extent disfunctional.
Not had chance to read Cheney & Rumsfeld books. Rumsfeld grumpy remain friends.
Vice President and Condi did not agree. Respect for his career. He was disappointed in President's decisions.
Powell - Richard Armitage - Valerie Plame - Scooter Libby. Richard should have just said it.
Questions from studio audience of unversity / college students
For aspiring public servants - make sure you do it at some point in your life. First become good at something. Take opportunities to get internships. Get involved in the political process. Work on a policy team for a candidate.
Greatest inspirational moments - struggling for democracy - purple finger elections, Lebanon, Chile. US stand for that - very special to represent.
Mistakes and lessons. Lessons - Suprising American Secretary of State is inbox for the world, all issues. Iraq - should have tried to work from outside in as we did finally.
Should have done more with Mexico. Immigration reform, securing the border.
The future. America's best days are ahead. Tough job of internal repair, budget, immigration, K12 education. Do worry about a United States that doesn't take care of internal core issues.
Would she run for president? Or Vice president? (Taken as a "yes"!)
Address immigration reform at federal level. Country of immigrants is our strength.
All for border security to stop terrorists and trafficking in drugs, arms.
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