Date: May 23 2006

Sent to but not published in the New York Times

In her address to students at Boston College yesterday, Dr. Rice wisely stated, "But at those times you're absolutely sure that you are right, go find someone who disagrees. Don't allow yourself the easy course of the constant 'Amen' to everything you say (New York Times, May 22. 2006, page A19).

What a pity she has never been able to persuade her boss, President Bush, to do that. Instead he has consistently surrounded himself with the mindguards of Group-Think.