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Bill O'Reilly Interviews Condoleezza "Just Love Them Ferragamos" Rice

Reported by Marie Therese - September 15, 2005

For anyone who's interested, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice gave an "exclusive" interview to Bill O'Reilly last night [9/14/05] on The Factor. FOX News has the transcript and video available. Go to FOX News-O'Reilly. Condi, remember, is the woman who had security remove a woman who scolded her for buying thousands of dollars of Ferragamo shoes while American citizens were stranded in New Orleans. (artdish)

Most of the interview was the usual GOP talking points.

In the event you do watch the video or read the transcript, you might want to know what Damon Wayans said about Bush that prompted O'Reilly's question asking for her reaction. FOX News did not air what the actor said (for obvious reasons, as you will see.) Go to AOL Black Voices and scroll down to the item labeled "Fight Plan."

O'Reilly pressed Rice on the question of security in Iraq, noting that their FOX New reporters - after three years - can't go out and get a cup of coffee in Baghdad. He said "After three years, you expect a little security in the country."

It's clear from her answer to this that we will need to be in Iraq for a long time. O'Reilly did not look happy during this exchange.

Rice later said: "I'm enough of a student of history to know that everything is - that a big historical change of any kind is messy and violent and difficult."

She also insisted that the government of Iraq will be "non-theocratic" - O'Reilly was skeptical on that one and asked her for assurances.

She went on to say that we don't need any other countries to help in Iraq. "We need Iraqi forces to be trained up," she said. "And that's what's happening. This fight has got to become the Iraqis' fight."

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