View Full Version : Who is the better diplomat: Rice or Powell?
08-28-2005, 08:36 AM
Help settle a bet. Who is the better diplomat, Colin Powell or Condoleeza Rice? Please don't choose the person you personally like better, be objective.
08-28-2005, 08:40 AM
I would choose Powell... Reason being, these days our problems center around countries that aren't exactly fond of women. Beyond that initial 10 sec observation I'm having trouble getting past an abnormal dislike for Rice...
08-28-2005, 08:41 AM
Powell, is more respected and isn't seen as VP's lapdog.
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08-28-2005, 04:52 PM
More like "accessories."
Powell lost whatever tiny smidgeon of credibility he might have had left when he chose to play the obedient little soldier and deliver Bush's fraudulent case for war to the U.N.
Rice has never been anything more than an unprincipled sycophant and a capo for the bush crime family.
08-30-2005, 06:21 AM
Thanks for all the feedback. The current results are Powell 4; Rice 0; Both 0.
I also posted this question on two other forums, ChiefsPlanet and TheologyWeb and the cummulative results are Powell 26; Rice 9; Both 2.
My brother and I were talking about 2008 presidential politics last weekend. He is a big Condi Rice fan and thinks she would be a good candidate for the Republicans. I'm a big fan too, but I think she lacks the necessary charisma to be a good presidential candidate (at least in the foreseeable future). When we disagreed about this, he went on to say that Rice would be able to draw votes from minorities who might not otherwise vote Republican. I said there were other people who would do a better job of that, e.g. Colin Powell. He disagreed. I challenged him to post a poll on an internet message board to test his theory. I suggested that he could choose the wording and choose the forum and Colin Powell would still win. Instead, he decided to have me post the poll, but he did choose the wording. Why he transformed the question from the original dispute into a question about diplomatic ability, I can't explain, but I was confident that Colin Powell would win anyway based on the fact that Republicans might split on the issue but most non-Republicans would tend to have more respect for Powell than Rice.
FWIW, I like Rice better than Powell but I believe that it's hard to judge which one is the better diplomat. Rice seems to be more willing to take a hard position while Powell seems to be more of a compromiser. Both approaches are important at different times and I can't say which person is more likely to use the right one at the right time. Having said that, I think it's pretty clear that Powell would have more broadbased support as a presidential candidate than Rice would, even though I'd personally prefer Rice.