November 8th, 2007
10:00 AM ET
15 years ago

Clinton: Rice is good, but she's not enough

Clinton wants more diplomats.

NASHUA, New Hampshire (CNN) - At a Granite state town hall, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton pledged to end the "era of cowboy diplomacy," and criticized the Bush administration for their unwillingness to send diplomats other than Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice.

Clinton expressed concern over the crisis in Pakistan and shared with the audience that she had suggested in January for the President to send a senior diplomatic envoy to assuage tensions between the Afghani and Pakistani governments.

Instead, Clinton said, " Cheney went out, read everybody the riot out, about you behave, you do this, you do that. Left. That was the end of it."

"You have to laugh to stop from crying," Clinton said with frustration. "It seems like we have one diplomat, Condi Rice. She's an able woman, but she can't cover the entire world, and yet that's the only person that President Bush apparently is willing to send anywhere."

Clinton described U.S. foreign policy as "tainted" and damaged by the administration's disregard for international norms, treaties and conventions. She then added, "Their attitude is that somehow the United States not only should, but must, go at it alone. That's not going to work."

Responding to Clinton's comments, Republican National Committee spokesman Brian Walton said, "The same Hillary Clinton that can’t take a consistent position on Iraq, opposes the monitoring of phone calls of terrorists that want to kill Americans, and follows the lead of when it comes to funding our troops has no credibility when it comes to national security issues."

- CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla

soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Chris, Pensacola FL

    That is strange that Bush only sends Condi. Nothing against her, but the Arabs only want to deal with men. Why do we send women then?

    November 8, 2007 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  2. Hank, Fort Myers, FL

    Rice is the only member of the current administration whose principles, commitment, and dedication to American ideals–I respect. Condy, is the one bright star! Too bad, she remains limited ultimately by the incoherence of her bosses foreign policy. I'd be proud, and it may be wise, if she remained to serve in her present role for the Clinton administration. Assuming or course she would agree.

    November 8, 2007 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  3. joseph, austin, tx

    What just critisism, no solutions. I love how she just campaigns about how bad bush is. We get it, he aint the best, but he isnt running so get over him and tell us what you would do differently.

    November 8, 2007 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  4. Chip Celina OH

    She's great at dishing it out, but certainly can't take it. Is she "piling-on" because Rice is a woman?

    Hillary says about the Bush administration: "Their attitude is that somehow the United States not only should, but must, go at it alone. That's not going to work."

    Mrs. Clinton, if you're going to be president, you need to educate yourself. The outgoing British ambassador to Iran recently said in an article in The Guardian

    "All I know is that for the past two years the US has supported a policy of negotiation accompanied by sanctions, and I have absolutely no indication from anybody that that is about to be changed or that they want to change it."

    The US, Britain and France have been working together on this but meeting opposition in the UN Security Council.

    President Sarkozy's visit yesterday and his pledge to remain "shoulder to shoulder" with the US further indicates international cooperation.

    But, she'll continue to go out and bad mouth the current administration for doing exactly what she prescribes, and what it has been doing for quite some time. All the while, she votes on a stupid non-binding sense-of-the-Senate Kyl-Lieberman amendment declaring the Iranian Army a terrorist organization. If you read the amendment, much of the text are passages lifted from General Petraeus' testimony which she said required a "willing suspension of disbelief."

    Yet, there will be hordes of HillPraisers on here trying to bust chops and restating her position for her so we all get the clear picture of where she stands.

    Maybe Bubba can issue the clarification for us.

    Have a nice day!

    November 8, 2007 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  5. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    She talks presidential to me. Talk about perception and vision! I have not heard similar speeches from Obama or Edwards. They are simply not her equals.

    Hilary 08!

    November 8, 2007 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  6. Kate, Aurora CO

    Ms. Clinton you are not running against the Bush Administration. It is apparent from poll after poll the majority of Americans are displeased with this administration. Why do you keep bringing them up? Just tell us what YOUR plans are. What YOU plan to do not what has been done and done wrong. If you need to compare than compare with one of your actual running mates not the outgoing administration. I despise Bush and this administration but enough Bush bashing already. I want to hear YOUR ideas for our future.

    November 8, 2007 10:48 am at 10:48 am |

    Good job Hillary Clinton on chiding the petulant asinine Bush and his evil cohort Cheney. These two idiots have done injurious damage to the good name of the USA. These morons actually believed they were furthering the cause of democracy around the world when it was obvious to any sane person that they were behaving like a pair of spoiled brats. January 09 can't get here soon enough so these ignominious brats can go packing.

    November 8, 2007 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  8. Richard, Ewing, NJ

    Hillary is being very unfair. Secretary of State is the highest ranking diplomt (if you will). She is both the highest ranked cabinet secretary both in line of succession and order of precedence. This is a more influentical post than the vice-president office, especially international affair Nixon sent Secretary Kissinger (not Ford) to China to set up the infamous US-China alliance against Soviet Union. Bill Clinton sent Secretry Albright (not Al Gore) to work on the Israel-Palestinian "peace roadmap". Who else to send beside Secretary Rice? The vice presdient? First, Hillary will hate the idea of sending Cheney for diplomacy. Second, vice presidential international visits are always more symbolic than substance. You do not send in secretary of defense, secrerary of education or FBI directors for foreign affairs. Who is she suggesting? Is she suggesting that President Bush should send his husband Bill?

    November 8, 2007 10:56 am at 10:56 am |


    November 8, 2007 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  10. Kevin, LA, CA

    Well, I sure can see the similarities between Clinton and Cheney now. Both will tell us how our government wants us to behave. We won't get much different if she's elected. it will be the same old song and dance. either party is driving this country toward the cliff. just at different speeds. take the marching orders from the international bankers and corporations and the CFR.

    November 8, 2007 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  11. Bill Martin, Lewisburg, Tn.

    Great for the Senator. We really need to get a comprehensive approach to our international needs. I am in full support!

    November 8, 2007 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  12. J.Crobuzon

    Tainted Rice, and not enough to go around? Yum. Pass the catsup again.

    November 8, 2007 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  13. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    Hillary says,

    "Clinton described U.S. foreign policy as "tainted" and damaged by the administration's disregard for international norms..."

    What Hillary means,

    "Elect me and we'll go back to hands-off approach to foreign policy:

    We won't do ANYTHING which our European friends disagree. And we promise not to ask the UN to hold any rogue nations accountable after repeated demands and resolutions for compliance.

    We'll make Vincente Fox happy by granting amnesty to all the illegal aliens living off OUR teet sending money back to his country.

    We'll make Bin Laden, Al Qaeda, and other terrorists groups feel warm and fuzzy by withdrawing troops ASAP, killing the Patriot Act, closing GITMO, no fear of us listening to their cell calls or attempting to intercept other forms of communication. They'll get to plot and plan away JUST LIKE under the previous Clinton Administration.

    Thanks Hillary – everyone can't wait for you to make us less safe so everyone else in the world will assuage their guilt for not doing ANYTHING.

    November 8, 2007 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  14. Tim, Philadelphia, PA

    I wish Condoleezza Rice were running for President on the Republican ticket this year. The concept of Condi being "... an able women ..." is a joke. Condi is so much more than "... able ...". cmon....
    Give credit where credit is due. Condoleezza Rice rocks. Saying otherwise with nothing to back it up says something about the person saying it.

    November 8, 2007 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  15. John, Washington DC

    Hillary can't get her mind around or appreciate what Dr. Rice does, because Dr. Rice is in a whole higher league and class of person than Hillary is. Dr. Rice is totally focused on doing what is good for the Country, totally qualified for her job, and totally unwaivering on her principles. Hillary simply can't relate to that.

    If only Dr. Rice were running for President, she'd call Hillary out on all of the reasons why Hillary should not be President, and Hillary would not be able to pull out the 'they're ganging up on me' gender card.

    November 8, 2007 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  16. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    She's right. Maybe that's why Karen Hughes quit again.

    November 8, 2007 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  17. Quita, Valhalla, NY

    Hillary wishes she was Condi. Condi can answer tough questions and actually has a believable stance on important issues. Condi, you're my hero!

    November 8, 2007 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  18. Len, Fallbrook, CA

    Maybe we can't trust any women in high places of autuority?

    Let's start the new trend with Hillary!

    November 8, 2007 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  19. NoHillary

    Blame it on Condoleeza Rice, So you feel a women is not right for the job?
    Bush jr followed Bill Clintons lead who followed Bush sr lead, Now you get back in the White House you will continue to follow thru with Bush jr agenda. And rewrite our constitution take away the U.S. bring down the borders and call this the North American Union.
    You spent your time eight years in office and left in disgrace.
    No more Bush/Clintons in office, America needs new ideas new leadership!

    November 8, 2007 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  20. Ron, TX

    Know who the STRONGEST and BEST diplomat could possibly be? The President.

    But Hillary, much like Bush, doesn't think -she- should talk to foreign leaders. She wants to send somebody else, just like Bush. THAT'S NOT ENOUGH CHANGE!

    Obama '08!

    November 8, 2007 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. therealist

    Riiiiiiight. Madaline Notsobright did a much better job...

    November 8, 2007 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  22. Adam, West Chester, PA

    Wait, when did Hilary Clinton become interested in foreign policy? I thought all she cared about was healthcare since that is literally the ONLY thing she has presented for consumption by the American public and she left us feeling anything but full.

    Seriously, get out from behind this horse before she starts kicking because once she does, it's not going to be a pretty sight.

    November 8, 2007 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  23. Daniel

    Stay strong Hillary American really needs you.

    November 8, 2007 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  24. a good friend

    To chip
    Did you read the whole passage or portion of it "Clinton described U.S. foreign policy as "tainted" and damaged by the administration's disregard for international norms, treaties and conventions. She then added, "Their attitude is that somehow the United States not only should, but must, go at it alone. That's not going to work."
    As you can see she was talking about US foreign policy, not just Iran.

    Thank you

    November 8, 2007 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  25. Bob, Seattle

    Condi Rice would eat Hilliary for lunch in a debate. Specifics on issues are what Condi is all about. Specifics on issues is Hilliary's worst nightmare. Bill has trained her too well, except that Ms. Nasty doesn't have the talent to carry it off.

    November 8, 2007 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
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