Posted by: Tony Carson | 1 September, 2007

As Her Star Wanes, Rice Tries to Reshape Legacy

Over the years, I’ve tried to make sense of Condoleezza Rice. I can’t. I have come to see her as an opportunist, a sycophant and, curiously, dim-witted, for all her apparent accomplishments.

I will read the best of the books what are slated to be written about her. But I will do so cynically. I view her as more than hapless. As a key advisor to George Bush she has actively colluded in his miasma of wreckage.

Anyway, the New York Times has a major piece on her entitled As Her Star Wanes, Rice Tries to Reshape Legacy.

Today, Ms. Rice, 52, continues to have far more star appeal than any other of Mr. Bush’s top advisers. Just last month, GQ magazine ranked her the most powerful person in Washington. Forbes has twice ranked her as the world’s most powerful woman, and Time has listed her as one of the world’s most influential people four times.

But a lot of her gloss has diminished under the steady drumbeat of exposés and tell-all books about the unraveling of the Bush administration and specifically about her inability, as national security adviser, to effectively arbitrate the running turf war between Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld over Iraq policy, a war which she, and President Bush, allowed Mr. Rumsfeld to win.

Now Ms. Rice is working hard to reshape her legacy in her remaining 16 months in office. She is cooperating with a range of authors who have lined up to write books about her: “The Confidante: Condoleezza Rice and the Creation of the Bush Legacy,” by The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler, comes out next week, while “Condoleezza Rice: An American Life,” by The New York Times’s Elisabeth Bumiller is due out in December. “Twice as Good: Condoleezza Rice and Her Path to Power,” by Marcus Mabry, now an editor at The Times, came out in May.


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