And I thought, 'I'm going to end up one of those people who plays as you shop in the department store or something like that. " So halfway through college, inspired by an international relations course taught by the father of future Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, she changed her major.
"I went back home and I said to my parents, 'I found, I want to be a Soviet specialist.' They said, 'You go for it.'" And she did. D., she found a home at Stanford, where as a young assistant professor she was noticed by a guest lecturer: President Ford's National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft.
For instance, if we were going to leave for Denver from Alabama, I'd call a family meeting.
"It was the 'purple finger' elections in Iraq," she said. "But if you ask me about the psychology of it, yes, I am a Russianist. And that's why I say, 'Don't give him the satisfaction of thinking that he undermined our confidence in our own elections.' "He's an eye-for-an-eye kind of guy.The title of her latest book is "Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom" (Twelve), about the struggles for democracy she knows most intimately, including our own.She calls the civil rights movement of the '60s, when she was a growing up in Jim Crow Alabama, "the second founding of America.""We forget in the United States how long it has taken us to make 'We the People' mean people like me.And by the way, the strike in Syria has helped us send the signal that the United States is going to get leverage back in the Middle East.And so this is a dangerous time with the Russians, but it could also be, once we've established the ground rules, there are many things we need to cooperate with the Russians on including, by the way, the most vexing problem of North Korea, where they too can't be too comforted by a reckless North Korean leader with missiles and nuclear weapons that can reach Russia, as well as eventually the United States."Brent came over afterwards and he said, 'I'd like to get to know you.And I want you to start going with me to the Aspen Strategy Group,' which was where a lot of the foreign policy establishment met."And when Scowcroft was named National Security Advisor by President George H. Bush, she went to the White House as a Soviet specialist.And of course we're going to have to deal with the president of Egypt, of course we're going to have to deal with the president of Turkey.But it's well to remember, too, that our interests and our values suggest that when countries that we have good relations with and want good relations with actually reform before there are revolutions, our interests are served too.Twelve years later, she would return as National Security Advisor to President George W. Today, back at Stanford, Rice is best remembered for that post-9/11 decision to invade Iraq in 2003.Pauley said, "The world with Saddam Hussein in it, he was a bad man. And then Al Qaeda in Iraq becomes ISIS, which is arguably far worse than Saddam Hussein was.""Well, we have to get the timeline right here," Rice said.