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Rice and Hadley enter world of consulting

By Al Kamen
Former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice and former National Security Council chief Stephen Hadley are teaming up as the latest big-time entrants in the endless battle of the groups -- as in the Kissinger Group, the Scowcroft Group, the Chertoff Group (with former CIA director Michael Hayden) and so many others.

The official launch of The RiceHadley Group, which styles itself a "strategic advisory firm" for international companies is to be in the next week or so. It will be a bi-coastal operation. Rice will be teaching at Stanford while Hadley will remain here at the government-funded think tank, the U.S. Institute for Peace.

A third founding partner, Washington attorney Anja Manuel, now at WilmerHale is moving out to teach in the international studies program at Stanford. Manuel was an aide to former under secretary of state for political affairs Nicholas Burns. Her firm bio said she "managed [Burns's] involvement in South and Central Asia policy, congressional outreach and legal matters. Among other projects, she negotiated the U.S.-India civilian nuclear accord, and helped to secure passage in . . . of the India civilian nuclear legislation." She was also "extensively involved in U.S. policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan, among other issues," the bio says.

The firm, whose existence was first reported by TPM Muckraker, registered its website domain name on Oct. 2.

By Paul Volpe  |  November 12, 2009; 10:05 AM ET
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Anyone know Manuel's accomplishments? Nice degrees, but the undertakings asserted in the "news" story are hardly reflected in the bio on the WilmerHale Web site. The latter sounds a little short on heavy-duty legal, and even foreign affairs, experience. But I am not a lawyer or foreign policy expert, so I could be wrong. But I DO know how a big US or multinational firm would shop for experienced international attorneys for thorny problems!

Posted by: axolotl | November 12, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Rice was Bush's National Security Advisor when the World Trade Center was attacked.

She had read an intelligence report that an attack on the US was being planned. She ignored it!

She conspired with others to lie about WMD in Iraq to justify an invasion of that country.

Her hands drip the blood of thousands of US troops and hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi men, women and children.

The only coverage this person deserves from the media is an editorial asking why she is not in prison!

Posted by: apspa1 | November 12, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps the record of the worst policy and national security results for America was made on their watch. Who would want them? Sell stock in those companies. And the duo are not quitting their day jobs. Hadley should be barred from any government funding if he is hanging out a consulting "shingle," an appropriate vessel, especially at breakfast meetings.

Posted by: axolotl | November 12, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

This looks UGLY. "Strategic advisory firm" for international companies!?

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, anyone? Watch out for the enslavement of more developing nations to the U.S., World Bank, and IMF!

Stand up people, stand up!

Posted by: hlschommer | November 12, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

War consultants I guess. It is hard to compare with a peace prize for interfering with a Paris Peace conference and extending a war for years of death and destruction.
The only new innovation is having absolutely no credible excuse for an unprovoked attack on an unarmed and sanction starved country. A kind of how to conjure up a war from simple paranoia and fumes consulting firm.

Posted by: Wildthing1 | November 12, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

These guys are really something, first they shaft the American People while in office and then go on to sell themselves and their connections to whoever pays more, becoming lobbyists and "shadow warriors". What a scourge!!

Posted by: arcoveus | November 12, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Stephen Hadley at the Institute of Peace?

hopefully this will squelch the gop's reluctance to fund this Carter artifact.

Posted by: thealaskan | November 12, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

These two give us hope that Henry will thrive to a very ripe and intellectually robust age.

Pls Condi-- go back to playing the piano or whacking callow college boys on the peewee as jr.'s provost.

Posted by: thealaskan | November 12, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

They should be in jail, not making millions on the gravy train consulting scam. Our system is severely out of whack.

Posted by: info53 | November 12, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

I guess if anyone needs consultation on how to ignore the warning signs of an oncoming terrorist attack, start illegal wars based on lies, be the personal handpuppet for chickenhawking neocons, or how to dress like a dominatrix with an unlimited govt credit card.....they will know where to turn.

What's the punchline??

Posted by: jbg1 | November 12, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

This is just another fragment breaking off of the Bush (Supreme Court) Presidency and now she and Hadley will be out there competing for time with Newt, Sarah, Rush and the guy that cries all the time on Fox.
They are in it for the bucks--just like all the above. Making for a better America has never been part of their adjendas. At least its not highly paid motivational speaking like W and Laura.

Posted by: flatrailer | November 12, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

you have to be kidding....she was the most worthless, ineffective secretary of state in the history of the US !!! who in their right mind would hire such a failing team ? condi, stay in school....

Posted by: thumbsavers | November 12, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Most of these posters are still bashing Bush. So pathetic.

I guess you have nothing to cheer about with obozo running things. Everything is worse under obozo than it ever was under Bush.

Hussein the Muslim is the worst POTUS ever.

Posted by: charlietuna666 | November 12, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Are these the same two who screwed- up while serving in Bush's cabinet? Evidently, and using the Peter Principle as a guide, it seems that they are reaching well above their level of incompetence. It seems that former position and not achievement are the yardsticks by which such people are measured.

Posted by: Diogenes | November 12, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

These people are truly disgusting...the "backbone" of the Bush..perhaps the worse President in modern time..and these so called "professionals" are as responsible for the death and maiming of thousands of our Soldiers and Marines..not to mention the Navy and Air Force personnel lost to a war that did not have to be.

I truly hope the faceless souls of those lost come to haunt Rice and Hadley every night of their collective lives..

In one word..they make me "vomit"

Lieutenant Colonel, US Army
Afgh/2003; Iraq/2005

Posted by: LTC-11A | November 12, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm. Making a buck off entrusted insider info. There's a novel idea!

If clients fare as poorly under their feckless mismanagement, their consulting days are numbered.

Posted by: drjillshackford1 | November 12, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Somehow, Rice and Hadley's collaboration reminds me of the TV show Moonlighting with Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd. Will Condi experience excitement and romance while pulling in the big consulting fees? Stay tuned!

Posted by: maggots | November 12, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Republicans always bragged on her. She always seemed to be incompetent to me. Bush needed competence when he replaced Rumsfeld with Gates. Other than him, Powell and O'Niell his cabinet was chosen for their loyalty rather than their proficiency.

Posted by: Gator-ron | November 12, 2009 2:42 PM

How do you think Obama chose his cabinet? I doubt competence and proficiency rules in his decision making... lol!!

Posted by: sanmateo1850 | November 12, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

"The official launch of The RiceHadley Group, which styles itself a "strategic advisory firm" for international companies is to be in the next week or so. It will be a bi-coastal operation."

Gee, what a surprise: playing the game with multi-national corporations. What a set-up.

And is it just me or when one reads, "bi-coastal operation," is anyone else immediately put in mind of Fred Willard: "We consider the Mississippi one of the coasts"?

Posted by: abqcleve | November 12, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

So whatever they recommend - do the opposite. Simple.

Posted by: diveguy99 | November 12, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Will they specialize in advising war criminals?

Posted by: ssterno | November 12, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

I thought we had gotten rid of these two sorry characters a long time ago. Indeed, Stanford University must be desperate for do-nothing Profs to host scum like this!And to think they wanted to steal Andrew White from Cornell University way back then ...

Posted by: fgominho | November 12, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Heckuva job Condi and the other guy. If I need their advice, I'll ask for it.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | November 12, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Incompetence "R" Us.

Posted by: ana1ana2 | November 12, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

I hope Condi Rice advises folks this time around to act on Terrorist Daily Briefings BEFORE they actually happen, instead of after. Ms. Rice was one of the most incompetent National Security Officers and Secretary of State this nation has ever had. Asleep at the helm the month before 9/11/01, ignoring the infamous 8/12/01 White House PDB "Bin Laden Plans To Attack US"...And as Secretary of State performed a wonderful series of smiling photo ops with international leaders. Smile Condi, now play the piano.

Posted by: logcabin1836 | November 12, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Ms.Rice is brilliant; she gave balance to GW administration.

Lucky is the country/company that gets her policy inputs.

Posted by: wrock76taolcom | November 12, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

That's awfully presumptious of them to think that anyone would pay good money for their advice - given their track-record and all.

But then again, millions of people bought the 'pet rock'.

Posted by: kurthunt | November 12, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Another conduit of the corrupt for the corrupt. But then, there is a feeding frenzy of public money out there for select recipients. I'm sure they will do a blazing business.

Posted by: sfmarv | November 12, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Oh My God....

There is so much material here that I think I am going to have to call an ambulance.

Is their logo going to be a little "Mushroom Cloud?"

Posted by: SwellLevel5 | November 12, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Would these people please GO AWAY AND LEAVE NOW. Really, what the hell does a think tank do? What do they make I can hold in my hand? Use in my car? make my life better or easier?...the answer is NOTHING. NOTHING AT ALL. They just take money from people that want to profit from wars, sebnd jobs verseas...yadayada...Have anyone from these think tanks ever made something besides piles of papers? punched a time clock, worked a shift? NOPE

Posted by: nowhine | November 12, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Condi is brilliant.

Posted by: Jerzy | November 12, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Republicans always bragged on her. She always seemed to be incompetent to me. Bush needed competence when he replaced Rumsfeld with Gates. Other than him, Powell and O'Niell his cabinet was chosen for their loyalty rather than their proficiency.

Posted by: Gator-ron | November 12, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

PIMPS, one and all!

Posted by: gce1356 | November 12, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

When does the next war begin?

Posted by: jckdoors | November 12, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Touche, ashrink. And good to see you're criticisms go both left and right.

While I may disagree with you on the general intelligence of the esteemed (or reviled?) former Madame Secretary, you won't find many arguments from me regarding her ineffectiveness as SoS and resident Bush yes [wo]man.

But of course in Washington all one needs is a padded resume to hang out a shingle as a 7-figure a year consultant to government and industry. (Think also Gene Sperling counseling Geithner on TARP while earning 7-figures consulting for Goldman.)

Posted by: RambleOn | November 12, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

They should have included ALBERTO GONZALEZ. Alberto Gonzalez would be an excellent expert and adviser on incompetency and subservience. Then Condoleeza Rice will have more free time to concentrate on teaching international firm executives how to say "cheese" and take good photo ops with important political figures. THAT SHOULD BE A TERRIFIC TEAM! THEY CAN ALL BRING THEIR EXPERTISE OF WHAT THEY DO BEST. YIKES!

Posted by: fridaolay | November 12, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

mea culpa. Couldn't resist a dig at Candy, my fave Bushie dumbo.

a question. Ms. Manuel, the "third founding partner" is "moving out" before the official launch of the firm? Looks like the "founding partner" found that she wants to be included out. Yet, she is moving out to Stanford, to "teach" International Studies! A part of the "bi-coastal couple"? Stanford must be scraping the bottom of the barrel to have landed these two characters.

The piece de resistance is that "Hadley will remain here at the government-funded think tank, the U.S. Institute for Peace." What a euphemistic name!

How did he land this plum job? The whole sorry bunch from the Bush white house needs to be investigated. Not rewarded with this sundry job and that. But OTOH, the great Barack has no stomach for undoing any of the excesses of the prior administration, lest he be prevented from exercizing similar powers unto himself, such as warrantless wiretaps, renditions, the continuing and expanding war(s), ...

The more things change, the more they remain ....

Posted by: ashrink | November 12, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Put on your worst Boston accent and say it with me: We hadley had time to condi customahs!

Posted by: trblmkr1 | November 12, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Are they going to give lessons on how to get your ass kicked by Cheney?
Or, perhaps how to lie with a straight face, there might be one or two corporate executives who haven't mastered that yet.

Posted by: trblmkr1 | November 12, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

I'm just remembering when Condiscending Rice had such a firm grip on events in the Soviet Union (her warrior princess days); followed by finding Iraq on a map (her mentor days); and finally her meeting with Muammar al-Gaddafi, the financier and command and control agent for the terrorist bombing of Pan Am flight 103, (her policy making days).

Posted by: whocares666 | November 12, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Give 'em big kuddos for having the nerve to show up...

These are two of the sorriest of a very sorry administration.

The depth of which we have yet to discover.
Remember when Condi trounced all over the world saying...

"Russia MUST do this, China MUST do this,"

She was such a fool. Chosen by Bush for State for the same reason he chose the
Attorney General of sad repute. They were trained to be puppets...couldn't even do that.

And Hadley, the neocon, did his little Israeli bit for Wolfowitz. Turned out so well.

Posted by: whistling | November 12, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Dumb and dummer. Complete.

Like, who wants advice so bad it ruins thne country? Does it never cease.

Posted by: whistling | November 12, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

What Do Condi and Hadley Know About THIS?

Did this rogue program help drive the Ft. Hood shooter to kill?


• Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan

• FEMA Director Craig Fugate

• NSA Director Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander

• DIA Director Maj. Gen. Michael Maples

• DOJ Asst. Atty. Gen./National Security David Kris

• CIA Deputy Director Stephen Kappes

• FBI Director Robert Mueller


What do they know -- and when did they know it?

Posted by: scrivener50 | November 12, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

"Hadley will remain here at the government-funded think tank, the U.S. Institute for Peace."

Sure, it's next to the Ministry of Truth, just down the street from the Ministry of Love.

Posted by: bourassa1 | November 12, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Condi & Hadley Group have a lot to offer with their experiences on Capitol Hill. The real question is, what is their expertise? Condi was the National Sec advisor before 9/11 and her inactions speak loudly of her metal.

Posted by: juke2 | November 12, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Hey ashrink did you even read the post? What you wrote refers to Manuel, not Rice. And your insults of Rice are certainly deplorable, if not downright racist.

Posted by: RambleOn | November 12, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Incompetence in government was not enough for condi, now she must screw up the public sector. Do these ex bushies have any clue at all?

Posted by: calif-joe | November 12, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

She was also "extensively involved in U.S. policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan, among other issues," the bio says.

Really? All of that must have been done undercover. Where did Brown Sugar find the time between the weekends at Camp David, her visits to new York for shoe/boot shopping, her workouts at the white house gym with her boss, ...

That she was "involved" must come as a surprise to the people of Afghanistan and Pakisthan. Not to mention Palestine.

Posted by: ashrink | November 12, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

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