Condi Flashback: Chasing Down the Dictator

As we wait for the VP announcement—
Here’s a Condi flashback from October 2005 when the former Secretary of State chased down the ex-Soviet dictator Nursultan Nazarbayev.

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After Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made stops in Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and later to Tajikistan, she was not about to put up with any silliness from the Ex-Soviet Autocratic President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, on Thursday.

After their opening remarks, the Kazakh Leader left his podium. That is when Condi chased him down and brought him back to the podium to answer reporter’s questions!

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice stops the Kazakh leader in his tracks and gestures to reporters during their press conference in Astana, October 13, 2005. Condoleezza chased down Nazarbayev after their opening remarks. She stopped him in his tracks and brought him back to the stage to answer questions!… Not exactly the sort of thing Nazarbayev is used to,… on many fronts! Rice visited Kazakhstan on Thursday as part of her regional tour. (Reuters)

And, from Andrea Koppel’s question you can see why!
(from US State Department)

QUESTION: Andrea Koppel with CNN. I have a question for both of you. Mr. President, one of your daughters controls the media. The other controls the main bank here. The opposition, the political opposition, is routinely harassed, arrested. What evidence is there that you are anything more than a dictator?

Ouch! (She may want to tone it down some or she may end up like Andrea Mitchell from NBC.)

PRESIDENT NAZARBAYEV: (Via interpreter.) What I said about the freedom of speech, I said I underlined that it should not be a freedom of misinformation. So I think that our opposition has provided you with some…(blah, blah,…)

SECRETARY RICE: Andrea, I think if we were interested only in oil and the war on terrorism we would not be speaking in the way that we are about democracy here or in Saudi Arabia or throughout the Middle East.

And so quite clearly, while we do have interests in terms of resources and in terms of the struggle for terrorism, we have in no way allowed those interests to get in the way of our open and clear defense of freedom.

We have talked about that in any number of circumstances. I think that, for instance, in Uzbekistan it’s been very clear that we do not see a conflict between our strategic interests and in our interests in democracy. In fact, we’ve spoken up clearly in that case. I’m here talking, on camera, with the President about the need for Kazakhstan to have free and fair elections; to have international observation of those elections; to have access to media for the opposition. I met, after the speech, with two people who will be a part of the campaign. And I will take their concerns with me to Washington and we will press for free and fair elections here, just as we pressed for free and fair elections everywhere else in the world.

And so our position is consistent around the world. The need for democratic change and the need for opposition to be able to express themselves freely and we expect the same of Kazakhstan.

It was just another day of work for Condoleezza Rice.

Related… Here is the speech that landed Condi on Mitt’s short list.

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  • donh

    It begins…The crap sandwich cram down of Bush family fascism…All hail King George the 4th…. Rice only gives Romney a chance to blame his loss on racists and single issue abortion voters.

  • bg


    <b.As we wait for the VP announcement—</b.

    Earth to GP.. 😀


  • bg


    donh #1 July 13, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    oh give the anti-Bush crap a break..


  • bg
  • Dwight K Schrute

    MSM’s first question, “Did you vote for Blameless Barry?”.

  • bg


    QUESTION: Andrea Koppel with CNN. I have a question for both of you. Mr. President, one of your daughters controls the media. The other controls the main bank here. The opposition, the political opposition, is routinely harassed, arrested. What evidence is there that you are anything more than a dictator? (scroll thread for more)..


  • Redwine

    “It started when George W. Bush allowed Condaleeza Rice to take control of his foreign policy during Bush’s second term. It was Condi Rice who constantly favored ‘engagement’ with Syria while Basher Assad made Syria a transit point for arms and fighters headed into Iraq to kill Americans. It was Condi Rice who virtually jammed UNSCR 1701, UNFIL and the travesty of a ceasefire down Israel’s throat at a point when the war could actually have resulted in the defeat of Hezbollah..although to be fair, she had the help of Ehud Olmert and Tzipi Livni, the weakest leaders in Israel’s history. It was Condi Rice who insisted on inviting Syria to the the gang rape of Israel in Annapolis, which signaled clearly to the March 14th movement that they had better come to terms with Assad while they could, and who saw to it that millions in US aid were pumped into Lebanon even after Lebanon’s President Suleiman signed a defense pact with Iran.”

    [Emphases mine]

    She needs to be kept away from any administration.

  • Robodog7

    Forget it, She doesn’t want the job. This is all just talk by the inside the beltway types anyway.
    Romney would lose the evangelical vote who already are iffy about being a Mormon due to the fact that Rice is pro-choice.

    While everyone is talking Rice, Obama gutted welfare reform.

  • RedStateGal

    Of course, Condi would chase down a Christian and force him to answer questions. Show me video of Condi making sure a Palestinian answers questions honestly.
    Folks, she is from the STATE DEPARTMENT. A division of our government that makes clients out of our enemies, and makes sure their clients get proper service. The American people? They are not a client of the State Department. We better wise up fast as to how the State Department operates; then, toss everyone with over two years tenure in the Department out the door.

  • Redwine

    RedStateGal @9 – Exactly.
    Romney needs to appoint John Bolton as Sec’y of State. He would certainly clean out that nest of vipers.

  • David


  • donh

    60% of republicans voted for somebody other than Romney in the Primary…. Picking Rice will increase his share of the black vote from 4% to 4.2%…. Woopdie Do …but he is going to anger a much larger portion of the 60% he is taking for granted. Why change the subject of this election to Racism…Obama’s strongest play…? ….Why say to the American people you are going back to Bush? Why should I vote for somebody that cruel and STUPID toward his fellow American ?…Because of Supreme Court picks ??? Really? After what Judas Roberts just did ? Sorry I am just not that desparate to vote for a party that does absolutely NOTHING for me at the top level…..Obama with more conservatives in the Senate is not the end of life as we know it.

  • Ladue Pundit

    GP goes back to 2005 to prop up Condi. And just how did those elections in the Muslim ummah fare? Condi’s not much of a historian when it comes to Islam and how they rule: Qur’an or the sword.

    Romney has more baggage than a C-17. He doesn’t need this well-spoken Ivy League airhead to keep more patriots at home in Nov.

    Conservative blogs are now aiming for the senate and house to control Obama’s last 4 years. How in the world could any competent candidate lose to Obama?

  • Bustr

    I would love to watch her debate Biden

  • Ladue Pundit

    I would love to watch myself debate Biden; he’s not much of a challenge.

    And I’d love to debate Condo Lee Za. Does anyone recall her 2000 RNC convention speech? Her grandfather switched religions just to get a scholarship, and she gushed with pride.

    Jim, why don’t you pull that from the archives? The headline can be, “Feet of Clay Run in the Family.”

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  • Mad Hatter

    Here’s some good news about Condi.

    Condoleezza Rice stands by VP comment: ‘There is no way that I will do this’

    The popular news aggregator the Drudge Report posted a story Thursday night claiming that Mitt Romney is considering bringing Condoleezza Rice onto the Republican ticket as his vice presidential candidate. A top aide for the former secretary of state, however, tells Yahoo News that Rice has no plans to consider such an offer.

    Rice has previously said she would not consider the job. “There is no way that I will do this,” Rice told CBS News in June when asked if she would agree to joining the Republican ticket. Despite Thursday’s report, she’s sticking to her word, says Georgia Godfrey, Rice’s chief of staff.

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  • mcc

    Re #15 —

    I recall something about switching parties in order to be able to vote. He’d wanted to register as a Dem.

    Instead, the Republican Party accepted him.

    Here we go:

    The first Republican that I knew was my father John Rice. And he is still the Republican that I admire most. My father joined our party because the Democrats in Jim Crow Alabama of 1952 would not register him to vote. The Republicans did.

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  • UpChuck.Liberals

    Sarah Palin said she’d take the VP slot that Romney just offered.

  • Practical Jane

    This is not a good idea. Having Condi on the ticket gives Obama the opening he needs to run against Bush again. Bad, bad idea.

  • Rykehaven

    Speaking from the defense industry side of the equation, “Dr.” Rice is roundly known as a fraud, plain and simple.

    Nobody respects this joke of an affirmative action case. There are stories going back to the Cold War of her trying to fake her “Russian language skills” to representatives from Kyrgyztan (who did not speak Russian). That wasn’t the worst of it; the Russians themselves got a good laugh because despite Rice’s claims to the contrary (and the media’s), Condi can’t speak even basic Russian. In fact, her entire portfolio of “expertise” revolved around the Russian envoys playing to her weak personality and ego.

    It’s long been known that the Russians gave access and nurtured people such as Rice with such character flaws. She was a “fellow traveler”, part of the more vitriolic of State “experts” who savaged Ronald Reagan during the 80s, a fanataic when it came to extolling the virtues of the Soviet Union.

    In that, she’s not much different from Obama, someone who got the job by “being black” but who’s accomplishments are nil and who’s knowledge in her own stated profession has been worse than useless.

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  • I’d still pay big bucks to watch Condi debate Biden. Talk about throwing the Christians to the lions, that would be worth the price of admission