December 21st, 2007
05:57 PM ET
15 years ago

Rice calls Huckabee comment 'ludicrous'

Rice had some sharp words for Mike Huckabee Friday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told reporters Friday that Mike Huckabee’s recent comments criticizing some aspects of Bush administration foreign policy were “ludicrous.”

“The idea that somehow this is a ‘go it alone’ policy is just simply ludicrous. And one would only have to be not observing the facts, let me say that, to say that this is now a ‘go it alone foreign policy,” said Rice.

In an article in the January/February issue of Foreign Affairs, released last week, the Republican presidential candidate characterized the Bush administration’s foreign policy as an “arrogant, bunker mentality.”

Many of Huckabee's GOP presidential rivals have attacked him for that description. Mitt Romney, who now trails Huckabee in the key early-voting state of Iowa, has kept up a steady stream of criticism over the Foreign Affairs piece – at a campaign event Wednesday, he again said the former Arkansas governor had made a "significant error in insulting the president."

President Bush himself declined to comment on Huckabee’s piece when asked about it during a press conference yesterday.

UPDATE: Speaking to CNN's John King Friday, Huckabee said he has "great respect" for Rice, but questioned whether she had read the article.

"I'm not sure if she's actually read the article, or maybe she's reacting to the headlines, because I think some of the people who have spoken about it when asked have admitted they have not actually read the article and what I was specifically referencing."

"I wasn't criticizing the president, who I'm very fond and think has handled the overall situation of protecting America quite well," Huckabee continued. "I've been very complimentary of him, particularly the surge, but if we are so unable to point out policy differences and how things would change under a new administration, then maybe we shouldn't run for president, we'll just keep the current one in office."

Earlier: Huckabee: 'I don't have anything to apologize for'

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soundoff (192 Responses)
  1. Ron, Az

    Hucks right, when a pesident doesn't listen to his senators and congressmen, he is going it alone!! when the nation wants the war stopped and he keeps it going, thats going it alone!! Why do you think he is the most hated man alive today?? you can't talk to him, you can't rationalize with him, He's a loner who wants to keep this war going as long as he is in office. The Iraq's have twice as many men as we sent there, if they can't protect there own country now, they will never be able too.

    December 21, 2007 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  2. Corny Smits, New York City, New York

    There are so few good things on TV these days, I think that comparing Bush to Archie Bunker's mentality is such a disservice to programming.

    Anyway isn't Huckabees that bland chain restaurant? Why are they bothering to crtiicize the Presidit? He would never eat there anyhow.

    December 21, 2007 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. Lee, Charlotte NC

    Can Rice not understand what she says? She uses a double-negative here: “The idea that somehow this is a ‘go it alone’ policy is just simply ludicrous. And one would only have to be not observing the facts, let me say that, to say that this is not a ‘go it alone foreign policy,” said Rice. Since double-negative cancel each other out, she really said this: "One would only have to observe the faces, let me say that, to say that this is a 'go it alone foreign policy.'" In other words, she agrees with Huckabee, without even knowing she agrees. And we wonder why this country is in the state it's in.

    December 21, 2007 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  4. Allan Jones

    Indeed, Huckabee's comment was "ludicrous. Condoleeza Rice was right to call out Huckeypie. He's gone too far with his populist rhetoric, trying to appeal to the masses who are ignorant to what's really going on. Shame on you Huckabee.

    December 21, 2007 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. Chris Colorado, USA

    T try to say that we have pursued anything BUT a go-it-alone doctrine it ludicrous! The US has 154000 troops in Iraq, the combined forces of every other country number only around 10000. If you do the math you get 93%+ of the "multinational" forces in Iraq are from the USA.

    December 21, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  6. Surrealist, Fort Myers, Fl

    I'm sure she sees U.S. policy as collaboritive–since Colin Powell was originally in place when all the failed initiatives were laid in place. She is indeed demonstrating some collaborative effort from the administration. Sadly, she is one person trying to fix 4 years of failed initiatives and obstinant ignorance of the advice and consul of MOST of our historic european allies. Huckleberry was partly correct–and Rice is partly correct. The results of who is right or wrong will be left to the history books. I believe historians will laud him more for his lack of insight, and exclusion of other historical allies–than his ability to collaborate and negotiate peaceful solutions to defend U.S. interests in the world.

    December 21, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. slowdecline

    In my opinion most of the current administration including Mrs. Rice are criminals and should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

    December 21, 2007 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. Nate, NJ

    I don't believe she ever had any credibility to begin with... Going from being an oil executive to the US Secretary of State isn't exactly the most relative job experience.

    December 21, 2007 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  9. Andy, New York, New York

    Democratic presidential candidate, Mike Huckberryfin has literally isolated himself against a horde of Bush backers and war supporters. He doesn't even realize that since 9-11, the terrorists have not launched another catastrophic attack either on American soil or against American interests overseas. Why? Because of Bush's 'arrogant, bunker mentality'. Even Huckaberryfin is now free to run for the presidency, thanks to Bush, who returned a sense of calm and normalcy in America after 9-11; an event that was supposed to have the opposite effect. Vote Giuliani-McCain.

    December 21, 2007 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  10. Independent Voter, TN

    How can anyone possibly argue the point that we have essentially alienated the entire world against us? Even our Allies see us arrogant.

    As far as bunker mentality, can you imagine Bush , Cheney, Rice or any of the other principals in this administation engaging the populace outside of a staged event where only "friendlies" are allowed?

    I voted for Bush twice simply because I am repulsed by what the left wants to do to this country. If only we had more moderate politicians like McCain and Lieberman who know how to cross party lines to do what's best for the country rather than for their party...

    December 21, 2007 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  11. Steve. Lyons, CO

    "Rice is so right."

    Really. About what?

    " I would vote her is as the first black person and first female president any day."

    This hag's lies about Iraq was a major factor in the Bush administration's criminal push for war.

    How anyone could vote for a war criminal for president is beyond me.

    December 21, 2007 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  12. DB, Vegas

    While it is true that Little Rock has been free of terrorist attacks, Huck still knows jack diddly about world affairs.

    December 21, 2007 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. Walt, Belton, TX

    Considering the huckster is another winner from Hope, Arkansas, one must consider the source of the ignorant remark.

    Inbreeding can be detrimental to one's mental prowess.

    December 21, 2007 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  14. S. Dofelmier Seattle Washington

    Ms Rice is in denial, or is a complete puppet of the current Administration. It does not take "Huckfinn" to figure out that Mr. Bush's Administration has damaged the American views of the World @ large. Ms. Rice's comments meerly perpetutates the arrogance.

    December 21, 2007 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  15. Rada, Houston, Tx

    Dr. Rice with all due respect you are full of it and you have no leg to stand on. Good luck and do not let the door hit you on your behind on your way out the door.

    December 21, 2007 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  16. Brad, Charleston, SC

    Hey Condi, Shut Up!

    December 21, 2007 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  17. Chloe, East St. Louis, IL

    I love Huckabee, and I believe that he can restore this country's reputation and the sullied name of the Republican Party. If we have a moment of honesty, look at how many of our so called allies have withdrawn troops while American soldiers are being overstretched. The countries that have remained have invested so little man power until its almost as if they are not present. Take a hint.

    December 21, 2007 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  18. Bill, Terrace, BC

    Actually, Condi, Huck is the one GOP candidate (unless McCain has done so) to actually have the manhood to say what most Americans and most people in the world already think.

    I know...maybe you were trying to associate Huck with that rap star. Goin' gangsta, huh girl?

    December 21, 2007 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  19. Mike, NC

    "blaming the war on a person's arrogance and "Bunker mentality"."
    – Abso-freaking-loutly. Bush's attitude of with us or against us, black and white approach to foreign affairs has cost this nation dearly in terms of respect across the globe. These politicians criticizing Huckabee for actually standing up for a belief instead of ducking the questions (as Romney frequently does) is rediculous as well.

    December 21, 2007 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  20. Egor, Fairfax, VA

    We all know that "W" is as dumb as a box of rocks, now we know his Secretary of State is as well!

    December 21, 2007 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  21. Cable King Pittsburgh PA

    Semi-kudos to the Huckster – he has proved that redeeming values may be discovered in the oddest of places.

    December 21, 2007 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  22. Dan, Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Is she still around? I thought she faded away. Too bad. Change the channel......

    December 21, 2007 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  23. John Bloomington Indiana

    Mistakes? Mistakes in this war? There were no mistakes. Intelligence agencies were established, the Office of Special Plans, made sure the right intelligence would get just a few people from the AEI and PNAC to influence where they this country to was going to go.
    It was the biggest con job against a country's ownpeople since Goebbels in Germany.
    What happened was evil..pure and simple.
    It was NO MISTAKE. MISTAKES were not made.
    It came out just like the neo-cons wanted it too.

    December 21, 2007 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  24. J., Chicago,Illinois

    “The idea that somehow this is a ‘go it alone’ policy is just simply ludicrous. And one would only have to be not observing the facts, let me say that, to say that this is not a ‘go it alone foreign policy,” said Rice. Translation: If you are observing the facts you would say that this is a 'go it alone foreign policy'.The irony is that Rice can't stop even "her own mouth" from saying the truth. No wonder we are where we are ...

    December 21, 2007 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  25. Steve, Denver CO

    Wow "Steve Blaine" That was such an original thought and worded so eloquently that I was almost not able to bring myself to the keyboard to respond. Please do enlighten us with some more of your insightful wisdom. We are thirsty for the truth.

    December 21, 2007 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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