In a 2003 New York Times op-ed titled, “Why We Know Iraq Is Lying,” then-National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush, Condoleezza Rice wrote:
Eleven weeks after the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed a resolution demanding — yet again — that Iraq disclose and disarm all its nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs, it is appropriate to ask, ”Has Saddam Hussein finally decided to voluntarily disarm?” Unfortunately, the answer is a clear and resounding no.
As the world learned, there were no weapons of mass destruction. It was not Iraq that was lying, but rather, the Bush administration.
That lie cost the lives of over 4000 American service members, and hundred of thousands of lives of Iraq citizens — most of them civilians, countless of them children.
Two years later, the Iraq War just in its second year, Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana. It was August 29, 2005. After the hurricane had run its course, (officially September 3,) over 1800 people were dead and over $100 billion in property was destroyed.
On September 1, then, as U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice was shoe-shopping in New York City and reportedly bought “several thousand dollars’ worth of shoes” at Ferragamo on Fifth Avenue.
2005 was a busy year for Rice. In December of that year, Dr. Rice had to fend off allegations that in 2003, as Bush’s former National Security Advisor, she authorized a plan to allow the NSA to wiretap and spy on members of the U.N.
Today we learn that the popular cloud computing and file sharing company Dropbox has added Dr. Condoleezza Rice to its Board of Directors.
Sam Biddle at Valleywag writes that Rice has been hired to “help the cloud startup with ‘international expansion,’ which she sure knows a thing or two about!”
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Leave Dropbox. Fast. http://t.co/ZFWiGQacpz
— Jan Lehnardt (@janl) April 9, 2014
Condoleezza Rice, surveillance and torture fan, joins Dropbox board http://t.co/cZMlEkeaid
— Boing Boing (@BoingBoing) April 9, 2014
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