When it comes to torture, Condi Rice Isn’t Smarter than a 4th Grader

Former Sec. of State Condi Rice recently took questions from a few dozen students at the Jewish Primary Day Schools. A 4th grader asked Rice what she thought about what the Obama administration was saying about the Bush administration’s use of enhanced interrogation techniques. A 4th grader asked a question about torture. For people who think that morality doesn’t matter, think about that for a moment.

According to the Washington Post, Misha Lerner asked, “What did Rice think about the things President Obama’s administration was saying about the methods the Bush administration had used to get information from detainees?” Rice said that she was reluctant to criticize Obama, but she also used the 9/11 excuse to defend torture.

She answered, “Let me just say that President Bush was very clear that he wanted to do everything he could to protect the country. After September 11, we wanted to protect the country,” she said. “But he was also very clear that we would do nothing, nothing, that was against the law or against our obligations internationally. So the president was only willing to authorize policies that were legal in order to protect the country.”

She added that the Bush was terrified after 9/11, “I hope you understand that it was a very difficult time. We were all so terrified of another attack on the country. September 11 was the worst day of my life in government, watching 3,000 Americans die. . . . Even under those most difficult circumstances, the president was not prepared to do something illegal, and I hope people understand that we were trying to protect the country.”

The real mind bender is that this was the child’s original question, “If you would work for Obama’s administration, would you push for torture?” His mom said that he was asked to soften it, and remove the word torture. Interestingly, the kids’ questions were unscreened, which meant that those children had better access to the Bush administration than the media did for 8 years.

For people who argue that the moral issue doesn’t matter, I think this exchange is proof that it does. Children are more aware of events than adults give them credit for, and setting a good example does matter. Before someone suggests that the young man’s question was a plant, or written by his parents, the students worked on their questions at school, and it was his school that requested that young Mr. Lerner soften his question.

Morality matters, and when administrations enact policies with questionable morals, it has an impact. Rice essentially admitted that al-Qaeda won on 9/11. The goal of terrorism is to inflict fear, and that is what Bin Laden was successful in doing to the Bush administration. Her answer demonstrated what a bunch of weak kneed cowards, they were. America needed a president that would stand up to terrorists, not cower in fear, or a VP that hid in an undisclosed location.

15 Replies to “When it comes to torture, Condi Rice Isn’t Smarter than a 4th Grader”

  1. It’s like when I was playing grand theft auto and my 3 year old walked in and said “daddy, you just stole that mans car.” Of course i broke the disk in 2 afterward. It wasn’t worth keeping it.

    Yikes, kids are way more aware than we give them credit for. Its a shame when a 4th grader asks a question like that.

  2. I like Condi Rice, and I felt real sorry for her trying to put that 911/weapon of mass destruction excuse for torturing.

    Torturing doesn’t work even if you get some information, because unless you kill that person, they will forever be resolved to be more of a “terrorist” than before their “enhanced interrogations”.

    My kid is in the 4th grade also, and I really have to watch how I act and talk around him. I’m proud that I have raised him to really know right for wrong no matter the person or situation.

    Just call it what it is! Ms. Rice.

  3. Jason,reminds me of Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow using the excuse that harsh interragations leads to more terrorist, So what excuse did they have during the Clinton administration when the world loved us, The were hitting us then, they never answer that question!! Jason states that Bush was a coward??? I noticed we were never hit again?? Jason, We continued to get hit under Clinton, World trade towers, USS Cole and by your standards he wasn’t a coward! I guess I’ll take the cowardly if it keeps us safer!!

  4. I have never read an article that was more foolish in its conclusion than this one. The writer has a sanity problem if he thinks that Bush cowered in fear or that it was unusual for the Secret Service to take the VP to an “undisclosed location”.

  5. A 4th grader is smarter than Rice on torture? Excuse me? Smarter? Since when was a 4th grader smarter than any one? Giving a different opinion and having a higher intelligence level than someone else are two totally different things, and a varying opinion doesn’t make either party “smarter”.

    Maybe if this this liberal, Bush-hating Pelosi-puppet would spend a little more time reporting the news rather than giving his own opinion about the subject, there might be a little more credibility. Just because you hate Bush and everything involved in his administration, doesn’t give you the right to write bias blogs on a headline and report it as fact. Many Americans, including myself, agree with the general dislike for Bush, but to hate the last administration by spreading lies just to support your viewpoint, is wholely hypocritical.

    Jason Easley, you need to pull your head out of your ass and stop kissing so much government butt. Keep your opinion where it belongs, AS AN OPINION, NOT A FACT.

    Your story needs to be retitled or thrown out alltogether.

  6. I know that all Republicans can’t stand criticism, but there is something called the First Amendment. I think you should Google it. I think that you need to get your head out of your ass, and pretending like all opinions that disagree with yours are invalid, you Republican coward. Why don’t you let the people with guts take care of the terrorists, and you can go back to putting plastic on your windows and waiting for the next anthrax attack. Your party is a failure, and I find it rather amusing that this is somehow my fault.

    By the way, I do have the right to write any headline I want, and you have the right not to read it. This is America. You can go read something else. Your little rants aren’t going to stop me, so I hope you feel better. I am not a journalist. I don’t claim to be, so unlike Fox News, I don’t have to hide my opinions, and pretend like they are facts. I never claimed that my opinion was a fact. You are free to disagree, and frankly I don’t care if you agree or not. You can disagree with the opinion expressed, but there is nothing factually wrong in the post.

  7. How exactly was Bush a coward after the 9/11 attacks? I thought all the dem thought he was too aggressive. We were not attacked on our soil after that so I will stick with the coward.
    If my child was in danger and some bad guy had info to that could stop it, hell ya I would torture him to find out all the info I needed. Just as would suspect any parent would so whats the difference when it applies to our country and EVERY ONE in it?

  8. If Condi Rice was smarter than a 4th grader she would have gotten as far away form Bush & Chaney as she could. When you lay down infected dogs you get flees. And the look on her face as she lies and continues to defend what they did is priceless. I say keep the questions comiing!

  9. The terriost didn’t have to bomb us they hurt us where it hurt the most. They destroyed our economy by letting bush’s administration bankrupt us. He took away freedom rights and spieing on US citizens, why would they need to attack they won everyday he was in office.

    They let the administration rape our economy and allowed the administration to let oil companies make billions off of us. When companies make astronomical profits off of working citizens and our govt not just stands by it but defends it why would they need to do anything.

    What did Bush do that Sadam didn’t do:
    Bush had us attack a country that didn’t attack us
    Bush had us wipe out inncent woman and children
    Bush took away our rights as americans
    Bush told us and had his people condemn anybody that didn’t agree with him.
    Bush took inncent people and put them in prison for years without a court.
    Bush sent our troops in harms way on lies and false information

    Why would the terrorist want to mess with sucess..

  10. Anthrax being sent in the mail? The roadside sniper? If those weren’t and aren’t acts of terrorism then what are? If the USS Cole counts than roadside bombs in Iraq do as well.

    Honestly, do some research and see what WWII vets say about torturing detainees in order to get them to talk.

    If waterboarding isn’t torture than why were Japanese soldiers sentenced to death for doing that in WWII?

  11. So what you’re saying is if any enenmy of the US got a hold of our service men and women, you’d be okay if they tortured our people in uniform because clearly, in their minds, our personnel have information useful to them?

    And if they tortured our soldiers, you’d be okay to let those people walk free and not get prosecuted?

    Well then, let’s advocate torture for everyone!

    And let’s go back and apologize to Saddahm Hussein’s family, Slobodan MIlosovic’s family, Hilter’s family and all those Japanese “war criminals” who were prosecuted and subsequently executed for their torturing.

    Stick to just thinking these thoughts in your head; don’t say them out loud because the minute you do, you reveal yourself to be an absolute lunatic and ignoramus.

  12. What happens when your child has the info, teach your child to love each other.
    As soon as the tap is turned on you have lost, accept who you are and don’t preach 911 and Iraq W.O.M.D and Iraq 4000+ Americans dead 600.000 iraqs Dead, Condi is a Con And should be treated as such.
    I hope the 4th grader knows her card is marked, so what? Give me a child from 4 to 7 years and i will give you the person. Keep the questions coming KIDS.

  13. Yes the 4th grader knows You play with fire he/she will get burnt, and a pig is still a pig regardless

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