Condoleezza Rice

The Power of Proximity

As George W. Bush's National Security Adviser, Condoleezza Rice spends more time with the President than anyone else in the West Wing. But her clout is more the product of experience than ideology. In the early days of Bush's term, she tutored the President and quietly helped set his priorities. More recently, she has taken the lead on several make-or-break challenges, from reviving the moribund Arab-Israeli peace plan to overseeing arrangements for handing over power in Iraq. Though others may call the shots, Rice's proximity to power has made her the foreign-policy voice of the White House.

Her quick ascendancy surprised...

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