Before serving four (mostly wartime) years as national security adviser, Dr. Condoleezza Rice, an expert on Russia, served as provost of Stanford University, one of America’s most revered academic institutions. There she was a hawk in a nest of liberals.
But a condescending New York Times editorial this week deemed her unsuited to be secretary of State. “Ms. Rice, a former academic, has no real background in managing a vast bureaucracy or in hands-on diplomacy,” said the Times. “As secretary of state, Ms. Rice is going to be first and foremost a loyal servant of Mr. Bush’s agenda and worldview,” the paper said, “and that does not bode well for those who were hoping for a more nuanced approach to America diplomacy.” Right–like al Qaeda.