Anti-war protesters were in full affect during the RNC convention, and a few of them caught up with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice while she was giving a speech.
“You cannot be compassionate and kill people in the war of choice, the war on Iraq,” Retired Colonel Ann Wright shouted while Rice was speaking at a ONE/US Global Leadership event in Tampa. “I’m an Army Colonel, I am a former US diplomat, and these wars of choice that both the Republicans and the Democrats have had are terrible for our national security.”
Seconds later, another protester stood and shouted, “The blood of Iraqi children is on your hands…..Thousands of young soldiers my age have lost their lives unnecessarily in a war based on Condoleezza Rice and the Bush administration’s lies. True patriotism does not look like illegal bombing and lying into war that kills innocent civilians.”
The protesters, who were with the anti-war organization CODEPINK, were eventually removed by security.
It is true that no weapons of mass destruction were ever found in Iraq and Saddam Hussein didn’t have a role in 9/11. U.S. troops went to war in Iraq based on lies propagated by the Bush administration and today, with suicides and debilitating injuries at an all time high, soldiers are paying the price for the failures of Rice and the Bush administration. But Rice isn’t apologetic, far from it. At the RNC convention she’s been hawkish about America’s continued responsibility to police the world.