Pondering Condi

Condi Rice’s testimony this past week, in which she belligerently defended the State Department’s work in Iraq, was her first appearance before a Democratically-controlled House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. True to form, she blamed everything but the Bush’s many administration failures for the problems in Iraq:

Rice stated that the overthrow of Saddam Hussein and the liberation of Iraq were worth the money and sacrifice of life. She blamed the current chaos in Iraq on the previous regime, stating the stabilizing Iraq “has been harder than we thought because we didn’t realize how broken the country was under Saddam Hussein.” 

Regarding problems with contractor oversight, Rice also shirked blame, repeatedly using a fifty-dollar word that few people even know:

In response to charges that private security firms were not held accountable for their aggressive behavior, Rice dodged responsibility by repeatedly referring to a “lacuna” or a gap in the law that prevented the contractors from being prosecuted.

Condi has inspired me to write some more-serious-than-usual verse:

Pondering Condi
By Madeleine  Begun Kane

Rice shrugs off blame
For wartime’s toll.
Poor oversight?
Rice claims a hole—
A legal “lacuna”
Impedes control
Of contractor actions
On Iraq patrol.
Must fill that lacuna—
She touts that goal.
But who will fill
The lacuna in her soul?

On a lighter note, you might enjoy the Condi song parody I wrote way back when.[tags]Condi Rice, Rice Testimony, State Department Failures, Condoleezza Rice[/tags]

13 Responses to “Pondering Condi”

  1. […] Mad Kane’s Political Madness – Pondering Condi […]

  2. […] Madeleine Begun Kane presents Pondering Condi posted at Mad Kane’s Political Madness. […]

  3. gautami says:

    Very deep, I must say!

  4. paisley says:

    possibly because i am totally unaffected by anything political… i thought this was actually quite funny…..

  5. Tumblewords says:

    Ah. Yes. Grains of Rice. Nice!

  6. UL says:

    This is brilliant, superb,spot on!

  7. […] Madeleine Begun Kane presents Pondering Condi posted at Mad Kane’s Political Madness. […]

  8. mentalmosaic says:

    I remember when Condi visited Asia and I saw the following headline, which at first blush struck me as rather obvious: Rice in China.

  9. LuAnn says:

    Worth it according to whom? People with offices and chauffeurs who want soldiers to defend their right to two-martini lunches? Or the families of those soldiers who die?

  10. khambagirl says:

    Well written. I feel so far removed from politics, but I guess I don’t think anything is worth the loss of life…

  11. SheBlogs Carnival, 3rd Edition…

    This weekly edition is going to be better for everyone involved. I can actually take the time and go read everyone’s entry and do some commentary of my own when I introduce them here on the blog….

  12. madkane says:

    Thanks so much for all of your comments!

  13. Condi Rice is the worst Secretary of State in the history of America. She has accomplished ZERO. Nothing at all. A complet failure. Would you hire her to negotiate a new car for you? Hell no!