Senator Boxer’s intimation that Secretary Rice is incompetent to advise the president about the war in Iraq vacuously skirted the real issue — the war itself, about which the Senator has had pitifully little to say. So says one critic, as quoted in The New York Times:

“‘I am deeply appalled by Senator Barbara Boxer’s cruel and callous attack on Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice,” said Deneen Borelli, a fellow with an organization called Project 21, which describes itself as a ‘leading voice in the African-American community.’

“‘The debate should have been about the war in Iraq and not a platform to demean Secretary Rice,’ Ms. Borelli said in a statement issued by the organization.”