Condoleezza Rice has always impressed me as a thoughtful, accomplished woman who had brainpower to spare. Who knew she also could give a really good speech?
Her remarks tonight cut through the standard political noise and presented a compelling overview of the world and America’s role in it — how American leadership makes a difference in staving off the forces of chaos and repression, how America serves as an inspiration for the oppressed, and how America must stand up for free people and free markets And, she pointed out, America can only lead the world, as it must lead the world, if it is strong at home, economically and educationally, and true to its ideals of freedom and opportunity.
Rice delivers her remarks in measured tones, letting the force of her ideas and carefully chosen words have an increasingly powerful impact. Her speech, available here, is well worth reading.