Citing Iraq war, U of M to consider resolution calling for cancelation of Condi Rice speech
:::: UPDATE :::: Anti-Condi Rice U of M professor William Messing also opposes Obama
:::: UPDATE II :::: On April 3, the University Senate rejected Messing's resolution by a 122-21 vote.
Condoleezza Rice, former national security advisor and secretary of state during the George W. Bush administration, is scheduled to give a speech on April 17 at the Northrop Auditorium as part of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs' "Distinguished Carlson Lecture Series."
But on April 3, the University of Minnesota Senate will consider a resolution that calls upon the university to cancel Rice's sold-out speech because of the role she played as national security advisor "to mislead the American people about the presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and the existence of links between al Qaeda and the Iraqi regime."
"The lies thus promulgated led to the second Iraq war, which caused the death of over 100,000 men, women and children, and the displacement of millions of others," the resolution, introduced by math professor William Messing, says. "Condoleezza Rice, at the very least, condoned the Bush administration's policy of 'enhanced interrogation techniques' such as waterboarding and other torture tactics, and its attempt to present such techniques as legal."
"Whereas a 'distinguished lecturer,' especially one speaking to a theme of 'keeping faith with a legacy of justice,' should embody moral authority, therefore be it resolved that the University of Minnesota University Senate urges the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs to rescind its invitation to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to Northrop Memorial Auditorium to speak on April 17, 2014," it continues.
A University of Minnesota spokesman told us he isn't aware of any precedent for the school scheduling a speech but then canceling it because of a Senate recommendation.
Rice's speaking fee is $150,000, all of which was raised privately from donor funds, a university official says.
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