Letters to the Editor

No to Condoleezza

As the GOP and its champions become more desperate with the Donald Trump they’ve created, columnist Michael Gerson in his March 6 column, Could Condoleezza Rice save the day?, makes a case to draft her for president.

While Rice is experienced and intelligent, she has never run for any office, and given her performance on past interviews she isn’t good at thinking on her feet.

Case in point: After the 9/11 attacks, Rice was quoted as saying “We couldn't imagine terrorists using planes as missiles” after several such plots had been thwarted in the 1990s in, for example, Algeria. It took no imagination at all when it had already been attempted.

This and other gaffes would be great fodder for Hillary Clinton. After all, 9/11 happened when Rice was national security advisor and after a briefing had affirmed an attack was imminent.

Gerson adds that Clinton is a “dismal candidate” because of the FBI probe of her emails. With all this in mind, I can't imagine what Gerson was thinking in writing that column.

Joel T. Heinen,