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Condoleezza Riceová

Datum narození: 14. listopad 1954

Condoleezza Riceová, nepřechýleně Condoleezza Rice je americká politička, diplomatka a profesorka politologie. V letech 2005–2009 byla ministryní zahraničních věcí v druhé Bushově vládě. V jeho předchozí administrativě pracovala jako poradkyně pro národní bezpečnost, ministrem zahraničí byl v té době Colin Powell.

„Rodiče mě přesvědčili, že si možná nesmíme koupit hamburger v nákupním centru, ale můžeme se stát prezidentem Spojených států.“

„Education is transformational. It changes lives. That is why people work so hard to become educated and why education has always been the key to the American Dream, the force that erases arbitrary divisions of race and class and culture and unlocks every person's God-given potential.“

„The essence of America – that which really unites us — is not ethnicity, or nationality or religion – it is an idea — and what an idea it is: That you can come from humble circumstances and do great things. That it doesn’t matter where you came from but where you are going.“

„Prejudice and bigotry are brought down... by the sheer force of determination of individuals to succeed and the refusal of a human being to let prejudice define the parameters of the possible.“

„... it's good to have female or minority role models. But the important thing is to have mentors who care about you, and they come in all colors.“ Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family

„... if you are overdressed, it is a comment on them. If you are under dressed, it is a comment on you.“ Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family

„Race is a constant factor in American life. Yet reacting to every incident, real or imagined, is crippling, tiring, and ultimately counterproductive.“ Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family

„You never cede control of your own ability to be successful to something called racism.“

„For 60 years, my country, the United States, pursued stability at the expense of democracy in this region, here in the Middle East, and we achieved neither.“

„People may oppose you, but when they realize you can hurt them, they'll join your side.“

„Today’s headlines and history’s judgment are rarely the same. If you are too attentive to the former you will most certainly not do the hard work of securing the latter“

„somewhat vague) new relationship between the United States“ No Higher Honour

„Societies that treat women badly are dangerous societies. The empowerment of women is not only morally right it is also practical in the positive impact it has on so many social ills.“ No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington

„[T]hat afternoon, Sergei Lavrov called me for the second time during the crisis. [... ] “We have three demands,” he said.
“What are they?” I asked.
“The first two are that the Georgians sign the no-use-of-force pledge and that their troops return to barracks,” he told me.
“Done,” I answered.

[... ] But then Sergei said, “The other demand is just between us. Misha Saakashvili has to go.” I couldn’t believe my ears and I reacted out of instinct, not analysis.

“Sergei, the secretary of state of the United States does not have a conversation with the Russian foreign minister about overthrowing a democratically elected president,” I said. “The third condition has just become public because I’m going to call everyone I can and tell them that Russia is demanding the overthrow of the Georgian president.”

“I said it was between us,” he repeated.
“No, it’s not between us. Everyone is going to know.” The conversation ended. I called Steve Hadley to tell him about the Russian demand. Then I called the British, the French, and several others. That afternoon the UN Security Council was meeting. I asked our representative to inform the Council as well.

Lavrov was furious, saying that he’d never had a colleague divulge the contents of a diplomatic conversation. I felt I had no choice. If the Georgians wanted to punish Saakashvili for the war, they would have a chance to do it through their own constitutional processes. But the Russians had no right to insist on his removal. The whole thing had an air of the Soviet period, when Moscow had controlled the fate of leaders throughout Eastern Europe. I was certainly not going to be party to a return to those days [688].“
No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington

„Realists ran to the barricades to sound the alarm that “interests,” not “idealism,” should guide the United States’ interactions with the world. What they failed to see was that the Freedom Agenda was not just a moral or idealistic cause; it was a redefinition of what constituted realism, a change in the way we viewed U. S. interests in the new circumstances forced on us by the attacks of that horrible day. We rather quickly arrived at the conclusion that U. S. interests and values could be linked together in a coherent way, forming what I came to call a distinctly American realism.“ No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington

„The foreign ministers were unsettled too by the buzz around the report’s insistence on a new diplomatic push that would involve talking to Iran—a kind of regional solution to the Iraq problem. They were rightly suspicious that the Iranians would use their enhanced diplomatic perch that would come with U. S. consultations to further their influence in the region, and the ministers wanted a promise that the United States was not about to sell out to Tehran to end the war in Iraq.“ No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington

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