It's too bad we no longer have adults leading this country:
I urge you to watch this fabulous YouTube footage of the magnificent Condoleezza Rice being ambushed by left-liberal students at Stanford University with a series of "difficult" questions about torture, Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo Bay and US foreign policy under George W Bush. (Hat tip: Andrew Hamilton.)
Her coolness under fire is magnificent, but more impressive still is her refusal to duck the issues. "Sorry we have to leave", an official can be heard saying off camera, but Condi isn't going to take the easy way out: she wants to stand up for her principles and put the pantywaists in their place.
"Let me tell you something: unless you were there in a position of responsibility after September 11 you cannot possibly imagine the dilemmas that we faced in trying to protect Americans," she says.
"A lot of people are second guessing now but let me tell you the second guessing that would have hurt me more is if there had been 3,000 more Americans dying because we didn't do everything we could to protect them."
"If you were in a position of authority and watched Americans jumping out of 80-storey buildings because these murderous tyrants go after innocent people then you would have determined to do anything you could that was legal to prevent that happening."
She is similarly robust when rebutting the suggestion that the US has no place dealing with regimes like Saudi Arabia: "You don't have the luxury in foreign policy of not dealing with a country because you don't like its human rights practices."
And she is quite withering when the pallid leftie student tries having a go at her about supposed torture at Guantanamo. "Did you know that Guantanamo was called a 'model medium security prison' by representatives of the Organisation of Security and Cooperation in Europe?" The student reluctantly concedes he hasn't.
"Maybe before you make allegations about Guantanamo, you should READ," says Condi, with exquisitely measured scorn.
At about thre 5:25 mark, shortly after telling the student to do his homework, she leans in and says something else.
Anyone make it out?