From Haaretz today, but you can just about pick any day when Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice speaks on Iraq and the Middle East to hear her pseudo-intellectual posturing and sullying of the profession of history that most of the world ridicules whenever she prattles on in service to George W. Bush:
As Haaretz' Shmuel Rosner writes, quoting Rice:
"History will judge, but I know enough to know- myself as a historian - that today's headlines are rarely the same as history's judgment, and I think that's going to be the case here as well," U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said in an interview earlier this week.
Rice was referring to the policies of U.S. President George W. Bush, which she still believes will be seen as more successful in retrospect than they are being seen now.
In April 2006 in England, Rice offered up:
“I know we’ve made tactical errors, thousands of them, I’m sure. But when you look back in history what will be judged will be, did you make the right strategic decisions (in Iraq).”
Rice is a historian, you see, and from her towering heights can see the invasion of Iraq as an epistemological riddle that can only be solved in the long-term future, rendering mere American citizens holding the administration accountable today a short-sighted, pedestrian exercise.
Here's one from last month on the Palestinians and Bush's Herculean efforts to pursue democracy over there, "It's hard for democracy to take hold in a place in which it has not taken hold before but I am confident about the triumph of these values because I have seen it happen before. And I am exceedingly aware that it's a rare circumstance in which today's headlines are consistent with history's judgment," Rice said. (Reuters, June 25, 2007)
She's a historian, she knows and can see what we cannot, even over the many bodies piling up.
Wonder what real historians think of Rice.