1,649. 1/15/2000

Future National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice wrote an article for the January/February 2000 issue of Foreign Affairs, which summed up future President Bush’s foreign policy. The article “was unusually critical of the Clinton administration for deploying American forces in conflicts like Haiti, and questioned the moral impulse to spread American democracy when what really mattered, Rice wrote, were the relationships between the great powers. …’To be sure, there is nothing wrong with doing something that benefits all humanity, but that is, in a sense, a second-order effect.’ Rice also made clear that there was no need for an invasion to overthrow Saddam Hussein because regimes like Iraq and North Korea were ‘living on borrowed time, so there need be no sense of panic about them. Rather, the first line of defense should be a clear and classical statement of deterrence–if they do acquire WMD, their weapons will be unusable because any attempt to use them will bring national obliteration.’ “ [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Elisabeth Bumiller, Condoleezza Rice: An American Life, Page 129

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