President George W. Bush never backed down when confronted with massive objection and protest against the signature event of his administration, the Iraq War. There were protests – some of the largest in history, and around the world. But he denied what was really going on there, continued the lies the war was sold to us on, and continued to make money for the war privatizers he so closely allied with.
And so did his Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice.
Rice just canceled her May 18 appearance at Rutgers University, where she was to give the commencement speech, and receive both an honorary degree and a speaker’s fee of $35,000. Rice:
“Commencement should be a time of joyous celebration for the graduates and their families,” Rice said. “Rutgers’ invitation to me to speak has become a distraction for the university community at this very special time.”
Rice still defends her Iraq War record, which surprises no one. And in her statement canceling, added that she “defended America’s belief in free speech and the exchange of ideas.” Fine. That’s exactly what Rutgers students and faculty were exercising when they objected to Rice’s record as the war criminal she was.
Congratulations, Rutgers students. Congratulations, Rutgers faculty. ProtestWIN.