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Condoleezza Rice

Date de naissance: 14. novembre 1954

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Condoleezza Rice, née le 14 novembre 1954 à Birmingham , est une femme politique américaine. Elle est secrétaire d'État des États-Unis entre janvier 2005 et janvier 2009 dans l'administration du président George W. Bush.

Professeur de science politique à l'université Stanford, près de San Francisco, elle est conseillère à la Sécurité nationale entre 2001 et 2005 sous le premier mandat de George W. Bush, puis secrétaire d'État en janvier 2005 pour le second mandat présidentiel. Elle est la seconde femme à occuper ce poste et la seconde personnalité politique afro-américaine .

Le 21 janvier 2009, la démocrate Hillary Clinton lui succède à la tête de la diplomatie américaine. En mars 2009, C. Rice abandonne ses mandats politiques et reprend sa carrière universitaire en retournant enseigner la science politique à l'université Stanford.

Spécialiste de la Russie soviétique et polyglotte, elle parle, outre l'anglais, le français, le russe et l'espagnol. Elle est également une pianiste accomplie.

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Citations Condoleezza Rice

„And so, by definition, if it was authorized by the president, it did not violate our obligations under the Conventions Against Torture.“

— Condoleezza Rice
Context: In terms of the enhanced interrogation and so forth, anything that was legal and was going to make this country safer, the president wanted to do. Nothing that was illegal. And nothing that was going to make the country less safe. Unless you were there, in a position of responsibility after September 11th, you cannot possibly imagine the dilemmas that you faced in trying to protect Americans. You were determined to do anything that you could that was legal to prevent that from happening again... We were told, nothing that violates our obligations under the Convention Against Torture. And so, by definition, if it was authorized by the president, it did not violate our obligations under the Conventions Against Torture. Quoted in Glenn Kessler, "Rice Defends Enhanced Interrogations," http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2009/04/30/rice_defends_enhanced_interrog.html?hpid=news-col-blog Washington Post (2009-04-30).

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„Punish France, ignore Germany, and forgive Russia.“

— Condoleezza Rice
Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A10978-2003Apr11, April 13, 2003.

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„Condoleezza Rice: I think that these historical circumstances require a very detailed and sober look from historians and what we've encouraged the Turks and the Armenians to do is to have joint historical commissions that can look at this, to have efforts to examine their past and, in examining their past, to get over their past.
Adam Schiff:... you come out of academia... is there any reputable historian you're aware of that takes issue with the fact that the murder of 1.5 million Armenians constituted genocide?
Condoleezza Rice: Congressman, I come out of academia, but I'm secretary of state now and I think that the best way to have this proceed is for the United States not to be in the position of making this judgment, but rather for the Turks and the Armenians to come to their own terms about this.
Adam Schiff:... Why is it only this genocide? Is it because Turkey is a strong ally? Is that an ethical and moral reason to ignore the murder of 1.5 million people? Why is it we don't say, "Let's relegate the Holocaust to historians" or "relegate the Cambodian genocide or Rwandan genocide?" Why is it only this genocide that we should let the Turks acknowledge or not acknowledge?
Condoleezza Rice: Congressman, we have recognized and the president recognizes every year in a resolution that he himself issues the historical circumstances and the tragedy that befell the Armenian people at that time...
Adam Schiff:... You recognize more than anyone, as a diplomat, the power of words. And I'm sure you supported the recognition of genocide in Darfur, not calling it tragedy, not calling it atrocity, not calling it anything else, but the power and significance of calling it genocide. Why is that less important in the case of the Armenian genocide?
Condoleezza Rice: Congressman, the power here is in helping these people to move forward... And, yes, Turkey is a good ally and that is important. But more important is that like many historical tragedies, like many historical circumstances of this kind, people need to come to terms with it and they need to move on.
Adam Schiff:... Iran hosts conferences of historians on the Holocaust. I don't think we want to get in the business of encouraging conferences of historians on the undeniable facts of the Armenian genocide.“

— Condoleezza Rice
Appropriations hearing before the Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs http://schiff.house.gov/news/press-releases/schiff-presses-secretary-of-state-rice-on-armenian-genocide-recognition, March 21, 2007.

„We are at war, and our security as a nation depends on winning that war.“

— Condoleezza Rice
opening statement to 9/11 Commission http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/04/08/rice.transcript/, May 19, 2004.

„... it is a longstanding principle that sitting national security advisers do not testify before the Congress.“

— Condoleezza Rice
60 Minutes http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/03/28/60minutes/main609074.shtml, March 28, 2004.

„You see, this war came to us, not the other way around.“

— Condoleezza Rice
Remarks at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, Iraq http://usinfo.state.gov/usinfo/Archive/2005/May/16-275013.html, May 15, 2005.

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„Senator, I'm happy to continue the discussion, but I really hope that you will not imply that I take the truth lightly.“

— Condoleezza Rice
Secretary of State confirmation hearing http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/01/18/RICEBOXER.DTL, January 19, 2005.

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