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May 3, 2014 - 1:26 pm

First, it was Ayaan Hirsi Ali having an invitation rescinded to receive an honorary degree at Brandeis. Now former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has declined an invitation from Rutgers University to speak at  its commencement after students and faculty protested.

The annual parade of conservatives being targeted by leftists on campus to prevent them from addressing graduates is well underway and is likely to grow larger in the next few weeks.

Reuters:

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice pulled out of delivering the commencement speech at Rutgers University in New Jersey on Saturday, following a months-long protest by students and faculty over her role in the Iraq war.

Rice was the face of foreign policy under President George W. Bush, a Republican, serving as national security advisor from 2001 to 2005, and later as secretary of state. She was a leading hawk in the run-up to the 2003 Iraq war.

In her statement, Rice said her role in the festivities had become a “distraction”.

“I understand and embrace the purpose of the commencement ceremony and I am simply unwilling to detract from it in any way,” she said.

Rutgers President Robert Barchi’s selection of Rice in February was met with protests by staff and students.

A group of faculty members passed a resolution in February calling on the university to rescind its invitation, saying Rice had played “a prominent role in the administration’s effort to mislead the American people about the presence of weapons of mass destruction” in Iraq.

In April, students staged a sit-in at an administrative building, holding signs that accused Rice and other Bush administration officials of war crimes.

Bush’s administration cited its belief that Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s government held weapons of mass destruction to justify the decision to go to war. U.S. and allied forces later found that such stockpiles did not exist.

Supporters of the war argued that intelligence available at the time concluded Iraq held the banned weapons and noted that even some countries that opposed the invasion agreed with the assessment.

In the statement, Rice said she was “honored to have served my country. I have defended America’s belief in free speech and the exchange of ideas.”

The Rutgers community has every right to make their feelings known about Condi Rice addressing their grads. But they are losing far more than they win when Rice does the classy thing and turns down the invite. It’s easy to place your hands over your ears and shut out ideas you disagree with. It is so much harder — and far more honorable — to open your mind in order to listen to someone with whom you have little in common.

Three congressional committees and the 9/11 Commission have absolved the Bush administration of “misleading” the American people about WMD in Iraq. The efficacy of going to war with Iraq is what’s debatable. Too bad many Rutgers students and teachers are too closed-minded to hear that debate.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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Nice catch, Ras, and thinks for calling him on it.

As for Condi Rice, she's about as conservative as John McCain.

The only issue she gets right is the 2nd Amendment.

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"RME! Ayaan Hirsi on the scale of independent thinking is 100%; Condi Rice is 0%, maybe 1%, tops." I agree. Rutgers' students/faculty behavior was reprehensible but Rice has certainly done a poor job of defending this country or democracy.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a foreign born woman, understands democracy and the current dangers to it far better than Rice and she is far more courageous. Rice is ultimately nothing but another face of a traitorous dhimmi establishment.
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Understanding Condi [http://www.jewishworldreview.com/1005/west102805.php3?printer_friendly]

Condoleezza Rice ever does run for president, the following line may become very familiar:

"The only problem, of course, was that when the Founding Fathers said, `We the people,' they didn't mean me."

For the past few years, the most powerful woman on earth has been delivering this clincher. And it gets a gasp every time. I first read it in a speech Ms. Rice gave last week in Birmingham. Of course, it's a dramatic, even melodramatic, statement—a testament to the continuing expansion of liberty provided by our 218-year-old Constitution. But Ms. Rice drops it in by way of illustrating the historic flaws of democracy, American-style; and this she drops in by way of dismissing the current flaws of democracy-building in the Muslim world.

It's an awkward exercise, but she's bent on it. "We should note that unlike in our Constitutional Convention, the Iraqis have not made a compromise as bad as the one that made my ancestors three-fifths of a man," she said. Is it politically incorrect to find this statement offensive? Yes, slaves were indeed counted as a fractional person in pre-abolition censuses that determined how many representatives a state would send to the House of Representatives. (Slaveholders, not slavery opponents, wanted a slave to count as one person to augment their state's political power.) But it is the miracle of that 18th-century document that it contained the blueprint for abolition. By contrast, the 2005 Iraqi Constitution (also the 2003 Palestinian Authority constitution and the 2004 Afghanistan constitution) contains provisions for a sharia state under which all men are not created equal [AND WOMEN VERY UNEQUAL] , and freedom of conscience is denied.


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Well, here's the real joke. Instead of an interesting and challenging address, the Rutgers' grads will get a standard "progressive." Fitting punishment for those who demanded she stay away, but it's hard on everyone else.
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Condoleeza is african-american for coward.
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I don't blame Condolezza Rice. I hate the cliche phrase I'm going to use, but it's a lose-lose situation. She goes to Rutgers, she subjects herself to humiliation by people who will never accomplish as much as she has, and the ceremony is ruined for most people. She stays away, and she takes crap from liberals and more than a few on the conservative side of the street. Regardless of her past accomplishments or lack thereof, she doesn't deserve the treatment she would get. Real losers: Rutgers (faculty, administration and student body).
24 weeks ago
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Perhaps you don't blame her. I do.

When do the RINO neocons stand up to the Leftist mob? Ever?
24 weeks ago
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Rutgers should invite Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to speak, as he is more consistent with the values of the Rutgers community
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A large part of our electorate wishes that there were more like Miss Rice.
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She's a wimp, a marginal performer, and an over rated affirmative action operative. She said, "I could not imagine that terrorists would hijack planes and fly them into our buildings". Well, Hollywood did.

A backslider deluxe, she accepts this humiliation and coup de Mudslum with all the grace of a college professor. Worthless.
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Bravo! There are PLENTY of reasons not to want her, to speak, or really, do anything. Incompetent, easily pushed aside, cowardly. She and President Bush gave us 911.
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" She and President Bush gave us 911."

Off your meds again?
24 weeks ago
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Can't argue with all those facts you gave! Interesting, you went straight to meds, project much?
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OTOH, they would be happy to welcome Hillary...... A person who is a paragon of veracity and has NEVER done anything to harm another human being.
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Meanwhile over at the Huff Po they are gushing over Michelle.

One of the girls's fathers was assasinated and yet she she still followed her belief in freedom and opportunity granted by western values.

One got everything handed to her and was peeved until her old man got the presidential nomination.

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Like most here I'm not an admirer of Condi Rice as Secretary of State or as a deep thinker. However, she is a honorable woman. I respectfully disagree with her but I'd listen to what she had to say. I think most of us would.

Leftists, on the other hand, ...
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Hussein invades Kuwait. We put troops in S. Arabia as a result. This directly offends Bin Laden who then plots 9/11. Cause and effect, even if unintentional. The bottom line is that Hussein was a loose cannon whose ripple effects could not be predicted.
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WE created him.

Those who think it's in our best interests to prop up this regime, tear down that one, etc. etc. ad nauseum, have done great harm to our country over the years.

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