05/01/2009 02:58 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Condi Rice vs. college kid smackdown: Who's smarter?

As the issue of torture devastates the PR of the Republican party, one person has stayed quiet. Condoleezza Rice, the former Secretary of State, has returned to Stanford University, after eight years of public service, and is settling into a life of ease and book writing. Too bad about those pesky college kids.

Visiting a Stanford dorm on Monday, Condi was surrounded by students and confronted by one who pressed on about her role in waterboarding at Guantanamo Bay. (C.I.A. documents, released recently, show that she did authorize waterboarding.) The exchange, captured on video by student Reyna Garcia, shows the usually cool, collected Condi getting finger wagging mad, even patronizing, in debate with the college student, not visible in the video. She even busts out with a "No, dear, you're wrong" and "Maybe before you make allegations about Guantanamo, you should read."

has a reason to be so defensive. A Spanish court is opening a criminal investigation into six former Bush officials who may have violated international law by authorizing torture at Guantanamo.

She even goes so far as to say that Guantanamo was deemed a model prison by the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe, which isn't true. The organization released a statement last month saying, actually, we never really went there and checked it out.

The local news that ran the footage, CBS5 in San Francisco, which WalletPop picked up from, commented that more exchanges like this one are, inevitably, in Condi's future and that maybe she should have security while on campus. Universities are hotbeds for idealistic thought and action, and the topic of torture is branded on the legacy of the Bush White House. Condoleezza Rice is the new Henry Kissinger, so we'll see how long she lasts on campus before returning to the safe enclaves of consulting.

Thank God for college kids! I recently got to read my grandfather's memoirs, about his four years in a secret Soviet prison as a political prisoner, and the torture he endured there at the hands of the KGB. Let's just say there are powerful scenes that closely resemble some of the tactics used at Guantanamo.

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