August 15th, 2007
10:10 AM ET
7 years ago

Rice No. 1

Watch CNN's Zain Verjee report Secretary Rice tops a new power ranking.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - CNN's Zain Verjee reports Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is flying high after topping a new ranking of Washington's most powerful figures.


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  1. Pat R., Burlington, WI

    Condoleezza Rice as most powerful? Only because of the job she has, not the work she has accomplished. I can't think of a single thing she has accomplished as Secretary of State. Has there been a new deal in Israel? No. Have we talked to Iran? No. Thanks to China, the North Korean situation is being addressed. Where's the beef ??? .......and this coming from a died-in-the-wool Republican !!!

    August 15, 2007 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  2. Roger, Ashburn, VA

    All it takes is having low friends in high places!

    August 15, 2007 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. Eduardo, Los Angeles, CA

    I guess she isn't "Black enough"!

    August 15, 2007 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  4. Rick Fiedler, New Holland, PA

    how about most incompetent, but that would be a three way tie with Dick and king George. Without Karl Rove around Condi will have Georgie hanging all over her, time to go to the ranch and watch W clear brush Condi.

    August 15, 2007 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  5. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    Romney/Rice 2008.

    August 15, 2007 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Actually, the Israel Situation is at least somewhat under control. Theres at least some semblance of a government in Palestine *far more than was accomplished when Clinton coddled Arafat (a known terrorist). We have begun talks with Iran to help with the situation in Iraq. NK is five party talks, including the US, and Japan too. Dont give credit entirely to the Chinese.

    However, there have been failures, most notably the lack of anything comprehensive for Darfur.

    For the record I voted for Badnarik last election, but feel credit needs to be given where credit is due.

    August 15, 2007 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  7. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    Yeah what has Condolezza done?

    BA, Master's Degree, PhD in Political Science

    Worked for the State Dept under Carter

    Professor at Standford

    Board of Directors: Carnegie Corp, Charles Schwab, Chevron, HP, Rand Corp, Transamerica Corp.

    Served President G HW Bush – National Security Council working with James Baker.

    Governor Pete Wilson appointed her to head a bipartisan committee to draw new state legislative/congressional districts.

    Served as Secretary of State under current administration.

    Rice worked to persuade Isreal to withdraw from Palestine territories and free up commerce and travel between the two areas. She worked to encourage Isreali leadership to withdraw from settlements in Gaza.

    She has worked to effect change in the middle east, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Africa, North Korea, and Russia – which has been her primary area of expertise and study.

    And what has Hillary done? 6 years in Senate and 9 years as Bill's wife.

    August 15, 2007 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  8. Eddie K., Plainview, New York

    I guess she must be powerful... she was the National Security Advisor, got a CIA warning that Bin Laden was going to fly planes into US buildings, and then took a month's vacation. Must be nice to be so powerful that responsibility for the deaths of 3,000 people doesn't spoil your vacation!

    August 15, 2007 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  9. Paul, Phoenix, Arizona

    What defines "powerful"? What has Rice done? The foreign policy situation for the United States is the worst it has been in recent memory. She is just a shill for Bush and the rest of them. The situations in the Middle East, North Korea, the crisis in Africa (especially Darfur) have remained unchanged, and only get worse.

    I cannot wait until November '08 when the likes of Rice, Bush and Cheney are gone, hopefully forever.

    The damage they have done to this country and our place in the world will take generations to fix. I pity the next administration, whoever they are.

    August 15, 2007 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. Paul, Phoenix, Arizona

    WHAT has she done as Secretary of State? Gee, the foreign policy mess that her boss has gotten the United States into just seems to deteriorate more and more each day. She makes a lot of trips and attempts to explain her administration's "policies", yet we continue to spiral into the abyss.

    History will judge her shortcomings.

    August 15, 2007 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  11. Richard Bromley, Pahrump, Nevada

    She went to Russia and they’re building a missile shield and targeting Europe with ICBMs; China builds an effective Satellite interceptor; North Korea builds an atomic bomb; Iran shows us a new 250 MPH Torpedo they can launch from simple motor boat; Pakistan gives their current leader a cruise missile that will carry their atomic weapons on his birthday. I’m wondering what has gone right?

    August 15, 2007 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  12. Lee

    Sure she is flying high, who do you have to compare her to? The Prez or Veep, weak teams in a weak division.

    August 15, 2007 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  13. Pat P., Huntington Station, NY

    hillary's resume is either as impressive or more impressive than connie's resume. let's be honest, or else these blogs are useless.

    August 15, 2007 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  14. hank Tucker, GA

    "She went to Russia and they’re building a missile shield and targeting Europe with ICBMs; China builds an effective Satellite interceptor; North Korea builds an atomic bomb; Iran shows us a new 250 MPH Torpedo they can launch from simple motor boat; Pakistan gives their current leader a cruise missile that will carry their atomic weapons on his birthday. I’m wondering what has gone right?"

    Yes – it's Condolezza's fault other nations are vigorously seeking advanced technology. But if Madeleine Albright had been Secretary of State NONE of this would have happened?

    Sharp as a marble, Dick.

    August 15, 2007 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. TC Plainfield, IL

    Jon in Sacramento: Unfortunately, Condi will forever be tainted by her connection to this administration. She is highly qualified for her position, which only makes it more of a shame that she did nothing to persuade President Bush to take action before 9/11 in response to the reports she recieved. When Bush needed a voice of reason, someone to remind him that there were no Al Qaeda in Iraq in 2001, where was Condi? By not standing up and speaking up, Condi failed us just as much as George Bush.

    August 15, 2007 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  16. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    She is considered "most powerful" because she is the one eye person in the kingdom of the republican kinddom of blinds.

    The Justice head is a trouble, the Military head is trying to fight an failing war in Iraq, and the president is considered by most americans and foreign coutries as a "failure".

    August 15, 2007 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  17. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    "hillary's resume is either as impressive or more impressive than connie's resume. let's be honest, or else these blogs are useless."

    Ok – Here's Hillary's accomplishments (Wikipedia – same source for Condilezza)

    - Young Republican at Wellesley College

    - BS in Political Science

    - JD from Yale

    - Passed the Arkansas Bar, Failed Washington DC Bar

    - Staff attorney for Children's Defense Fund (Mass)

    - Married Bill Clinton in 1975

    - joined Rose Law Firm 1976

    - 1979 became "First Lady" of Ark when Bill became Govenor

    - 1979 got involved in White Water

    - 1980 gave birth the Chelsea

    - 1992 – 2000 First Lady when Bill was President

    - 2000 Elected Senator from NY (serving on the Armed Srvc Committee, Environment & Public works Committee, Health education, Labor Committee

    So Hillary has served on "Committees" and served Tea to Arafat's wife. Granted, obtaining her JD is admirable. Her resume is quite light when compared to Condi.

    August 15, 2007 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  18. Joe, Boulder, CO

    I love Condoleezza Rice!

    She is *the* only Republican I'd even think about voting for, but alas I think I'm leaning towards the Democrats for this election.

    Plus, Condoleezza is just hot!

    August 15, 2007 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  19. Dave, Oakland, CA

    Oh gimme a break, Clinton could have stopped 9/11 much more easily then the current administration. His handling of the attacks on US interests during his watch are a joke.

    Democrats may own the minority vote, but it takes a Republican to put minorities in positions of power.

    But the best part of the political game is sitting back and watching people from both sides who are so set in their beliefs that they won't change them even when the proof they are wrong is undisputable.

    And we wonder why there are so many laws that go unchallenged but are clearly unconstitutional.

    August 15, 2007 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  20. Yvan,Indio,CA

    Number 1 failure!!!!What did she has accomplish in 6 years? As much as her boss, King Georges W. LOL

    August 15, 2007 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  21. Roger, Conway, SC

    NUMBER 1 at being apart of the most secretative, corrupt, deceiving administration in history....she has had an opportunity to make a big difference in our nation and the world but chose to DO NOTHING....as Secretary of State she will be know as one ot the worst in history unless GW writes the history book.....

    August 16, 2007 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  22. Anonymous

    Yeah..She's black and a woman. Hilary or Barracko can't compete with that!

    August 16, 2007 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  23. Richard Bromley, Pahrump, Nevada

    Yes – it's Condolezza's fault other nations are vigorously seeking advanced technology. But if Madeleine Albright had been Secretary of State NONE of this would have happened?

    Sharp as a marble, Dick.
    Posted By hank Tucker, GA : August 15, 2007 2:57 pm

    No Mr. Hank, not all countries. Just 'the axes of evil' we determined we shouldn't speak to.

    The new plan of turning our back sides to our enemies might have had a negative effect on our future security.

    Old saying; Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Now I have tried the sugar thing and it really works. Its brings in flies like there is no tomorrow.

    You can say they're animals Mr. Hank. Ok sure. But what was Stalin? Why do business with Communist China when we were battling Communism? Who are the Saudis?

    Funny thing too. I never been to war college or studied Political Science. The funny part is I got it. I understood the reasons for Stalin and China and on and on.

    August 16, 2007 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  24. Hank Tucker, GA

    "You can say they're animals Mr. Hank. Ok sure. But what was Stalin? Why do business with Communist China when we were battling Communism? Who are the Saudis?

    Funny thing too. I never been to war college or studied Political Science. The funny part is I got it. I understood the reasons for Stalin and China and on and on."

    Richard, I guess when the State Dept needs a primer on fly-collecting they will call you.

    There are multiple approaches to dealing with adversaries.

    We can effectively bribe them – which we tried many many times with North Korea only to get burned time after time.

    We can economically destroy them – which is how we dealt with the old Soviet Union. They were unable to sustain the arms-race which imploded their economy.

    We can economically convert them – which is what we're attempting to do in China. Drive the economic relationship so the citizens taste capitalism and desire it more than communist approach to life.

    Or we can isolate our enemies – which is the direction we've taken with North Korea after they violated established agreements. This is most often the step taken when countries walk away from the bargaining table. It has the potential to lead to the final solution – military means.

    That said – Condolezza Rice is a diplomat and representative. Granted with the image our country has in the world, her job is likely harder than it ever was. My view is that Condolezza is a self-made woman (not riding on the coat-tails of a husband) and has done an admirable job. Perfect? No.

    August 17, 2007 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  25. Richard Bromley, Pahrump, Nevada

    Fly collecting would be a positive thing. And you could easily measure the progress of the collecting by simply counting flies.

    With respect to North Korea; we can evaluate the current performance by determining what had gone into the process and its results.

    The most expensive method of generating power is through nuclear technology. The components that provide power are rare earth materials to say the least.

    North Korea is a poor country. Just getting the nuclear material would be an achievement alone. You can say we caught them trying to enrich uranium which is fine but they didn’t have a megawatts worth of anything. Where is it after all?

    They didn’t build a Uranium bomb. They build the Fat Man bomb, the Plutonium bomb. They signed the nonproliferation treaty and in the treaty we had to supply them with a reactor.

    Pre-Rice, we had the Clinton deal and no nuclear weapons and now we the Clinton deal plus some undisclosed added items no one will release to the public.

    They have an undetermined number of nuclear weapons they could not have had if the Clinton deal would have been followed. The weapons could not exist if we would have honored our end of a previous deal because the waste they used was under constant observation.

    You know this and I know this.

    August 18, 2007 09:04 am at 9:04 am |

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