WE NEED A COMMON ENEMY... Condoleeza Rice

CAMPAIGN 2016: Looking for a little wisdom from past leaders

We need a common enemy to unite us.

Condeleeza Rice
Former United States Secretary of State


But then it came back: the Vietnam War years; the civil rights movement and the riots; and the assassinations of Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King. 

Those were tough times for America. Like this election. People on both sides are angry and fed up with all kinds of things.

The Wall Street Journal reported this week that some are threatening to bring out their guns if the election doesn't go their way.

Perhaps we do need a common enemy. During Condeleeza's years, many such enemies arose:  9/11, Iraq, Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden, and later the economic meltdown. Each helped focus our attention away from our divisions. But none brought unity for long.

Where — and when — will we get leaders who can bring us together?

Carl Francis      


CONDOLEEZA RICE (born 1954) IS AN AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENTIST AND DIPLOMAT. She served as the 66th U.S. Secretary of State.

Rice was the first female African-American Secretary of State and was President George W. Bush's National Security Adviser during his first term. Rice also served on the National Security Council.

Before joining the Bush Administration, she was a professor of political science at Stanford University.

Following her confirmation as Secretary of State, Rice pioneered the policy of Transformational Diplomacy directed toward expanding the number of responsible democratic governments in the world and especially in the Greater Middle East. That policy faced challenges as Hamas captured a popular majority in Palestinian elections, and influential countries including Saudi Arabia and Egypt maintained authoritarian systems with U.S. support. She logged more miles traveling than any other Secretary of State before her.

In March 2009, Rice returned to Stanford University as a political science professor. In September 2010, she became a faculty member of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a director of its Global Center for Business and the Economy.