By Russell Berman
WASHINGTON (The Hill) — Condoleezza Rice displays little love for Congress in a new memoir of her years in the Bush administration, recalling incidents of political grandstanding, personal attacks and temper tantrums.
The former secretary of state’s 766- page tome, No Higher Honor, hits bookstores this week, and her recollections of meeting Moammar Gadhafi and battling former Vice President Dick Cheney have already made headlines. But Rice also shares her frustrations with Congress over its interference in foreign policy and its failure to overhaul the nation’s immigration system.
Rice voices frustration at Congress in many areas. She takes credit for averting a diplomatic crisis when negotiations with Turkey were almost “derailed” in 2007 by a move to hold a House vote on a resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide. The vote was scrapped at the last minute, but Rice writes that it “was just one example of how the tendency of the Congress to grandstand on hot-button issues can severely interfere with the conduct of foreign policy.”
According to a 2007 story from Forbes, Rice said to the members of the House Foreign Relations Committee, “This is a very delicate time with Turkey. We have extremely important strategic interests with the Turks. … This was something that was a horrible event in the mass killings that took place, but at the time of the Ottoman Empire. These are not the Ottomans.”
Rice saves her harshest assessment for her fellow Californian, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D), whom she accused of turning any policy difference into “a personal assault.”