Born November 14, 1954 in Birmingham, Alabama, Condoleezza Rice is the 66th United States Secretary of State. Before joining the Bush administration, she was a Professor of political science at Stanford University. As professor of political science, Dr. Rice has won some high teaching honors, including the Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Dr Rice is one of the most outspoken supporters of the Iraq invasion. She continues to concentrate on achieving victory in Iraq. Her vision of “victory” is not one of US dominance, but an ideological victory that could lead to the rise of a Middle Eastern democracy. She believes that " the root cause of September 11th was the violent expression of a global extremist ideology...that thrives on the oppression and despair of the Middle East."
Secretary Rice wants to focus on regional solutions to problems like terrorism and drug trafficking. She also proposes working with other countries to help them build a stronger infrastructure, and decreasing other nations' dependence on American assistance. In her Transformational Diplomacy plan, she has brought forward the issue of disproportionate numbers of U.S. foreign workers in relation to the population of the country they are serving in.
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