(ConservativeInsider.org) – At an appearance at the 111th annual Alfalfa Club dinner on Saturday, January 27th, 2024, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sat at the piano and played the Ukrainian national anthem, asking “fellow Republicans” to support Ukraine in their war against Russia, leading to a standing ovation from the crowd.
The Alfalfa Club is an exclusive social club that hosts an annual dinner on the last Saturday in January. Members are allowed by invitation only, and the press is banned from the event. The club mostly consists of high-ranking politicians and influential business executives, such as Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Rupert Murdoch, and Warren Buffet. Notably, Oksana Markarova, the Ukrainian ambassador to the U.S., was also in attendance this year.
This is not the first time that Rice, who is currently the director of the Hoover Institution at Stanford, has pushed for more support for Ukraine. Rice wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post alongside former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates on January 7th, suggesting that Putin is capable of playing the long game when it comes to Ukraine, which she believes makes it critical for the U.S. and western nations to “urgently provide” military aid to Ukraine. Rice brought up that some have complained that America should not intervene because the fight between Ukraine and Russia has nothing to do with us, but she pushed back by saying that America learned “the hard way—in 1914, 1941, and 2001” that if we allow aggression from other nations to go unchecked, it will eventually reach our doorstep.
In an interview with NPR on January 12th, Rice argued that sending more aid and military equipment to Ukraine is due to an escalation of the war from Putin, not from the west. She once again suggested that the only way to protect the United States from a direct conflict with Russia is by showing putting that his ongoing aggression against Ukraine will not be tolerated.
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