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New Mexican (Newspaper) - January 27, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico Condoleezza Rice Senate confirms Rice as secretary of state The Associated Press WASHINGTON The Sen ate voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to confirm Con doleezza Rice as secretary of state despite sharp criticism by some Democrats over her role in planning and selling the Iraq war Rice is the first African American woman to serve as the nations top diplomat Condi Rice is a fine fine public ser vant greatly admired here in America and greatly admired around the President Bush said during a news conference shortly before Rices 8513 confirma tion by the Senate And she will make a great secretary of Rice 50 whod served as national security adviser since 2001 and is one of Bushs most trusted aides was sworn in at a private ceremony Wednesday night at the White House She was scheduled to report to the State Department on this morning to take over from Colin Powell Rices confirmation is the culmination of what one sup porter Sen John McCain called a great Ameri can success Shes risen from the youthful experience of racial discrimination in the segregated South to one of the nations most storied jobs Dr Rice possesses this rare combination of manage ment and administrative experience of policy exper tise of academic scholarship and not least importantly personal integrity and char said Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist RTenn Rice also made some unwanted history Wednesday when 12 Democrats and inde pendent Sen James Jeffords of Vermont voted against her nomination an almost unprece dented outburst that was fueled by anger over the Iraq war It was the secondmost no votes ever for a secretary of state according to the Senate Histori cal Office In 1825 Henry Clay was confirmed 2714 It should send a said Sen Barbara Boxer D who led the opposition to Rices nomination and cast one of the votes against her Even if there were only two or three votes the debate should send a very important message about candor and the whole truth and about being accountable and responsible for the things you During oftencontentious debate on the Senate floor Tuesday and Wednesday Boxer and others accused Rice of misleading the nation about the threat from Iraq before the war and failing to admit mistakes in trying to stabilize the country after it The most no votes previ ously against a secretary of state since Clay came in 1973 when seven were cast against Henry Kissinger amid strong opposition to the Vietnam War which hed helped direct as national security adviser to President Nixon Rice followed Kissingers path from national security adviser to secretary of state and faced strong criticism from Democrats for her role in guid ing a controversial war hers in Iraq Even some Democrats who voted to confirm her such as Sens Hillary Rodham Clin ton of New York and Joseph Biden of Delaware said they did so despite reservations Last week we gave Dr Rice an opportunity to acknowledge the mistakes and misjudg ments of the past four Biden said of more than 10 hours of questioning of Rice by the Senate Foreign Rela tions Committee where hes the senior Democrat Instead of seizing that opportunity Dr Rice stuck to the admin istrations party line always right never Thursday January 27 2005 THE NEW MEXICAN A3 Mexican border violence affecting tourism The Associated Press MEXICO CITY Ambassador to Mexico Tony told Mexican leaders Wednesday he is concerned that growing drugrelated violence and kidnappings on the border between the two countries will have a chill ing effect on trade and tour ism Garzas comments in a letter directed to Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Ernesto Derbez and fed eral Attorney Rafael Macedo de la Concha explained the motives behind a public announcement from the State Department to citizens thinking of traveling to the region The department on Wednesday alerted Ameri cans visiting Mexico that violent crime including murder and kidnapping has increased in its northern bor der region The alert attrib uted the increased crime to a war between criminal organi zations struggling for control The State Department is alerting Americans visiting Mexico that violent crime including murder and kidnapping has increased in its northern border region The alert attributed the increased crime to a war between criminal drug organizations Valentines Couples Massage with tub la od of the lucrative narcotics trade It said the leaders of several major criminal orga nizations have been arrested creating a power vacuum citizens should be aware of the risk posed by the deteriorating security the department warned It added that the great majority of victims are Mexican citizens The Embassy in Mex ico distributed Garzas letter to news agencies after issu ing the alert A Mexican Foreign Rela tions Department spokesman Allan Nahum said officials have received the notifica tion and we are going to pass it along to the appropriate authorities so that they may respond as they see fit ARM AN CALL American Pine Table 10L The advisory came just days after the Mexican government sent soldiers to patrol the streets of the border city of Nuevo Laredo across from Texas at the request of local authori ties who said the crime and violence had become too great for them to handle It also comes as officials crack down on topsecurity federal prisons housing reputed drug traffickers who allegedly have continued to operate their businesses from behind bars with the help of corrupt prison employees In the latest move against prisons federal agents and soldiers seized the topsecu rity Matamoros prison in the border city of the same name across from Browns ville Texas after six prison employees were slain and their bodies dumped outside the prison gates last Thurs day In the latest move against prisons federal agents and soldiers seized the topsecu rity Wednesday in the border city of Matamoros across from Brownsville Texas after six prison employees were slain and their bodies dumped outside the prison gates Jan 20 Investigators say the Mat amoros prison employees were apparently killed by drug traffickers settling turf disputes and prison vendet tas Garza noted that while the great majority of border violence victims are Mexican citizens the elevated level of violence generally has resulted in greater risks to the thousands of American citizens visiting and passing through the border region every day Increased num bers of murdered and kid napped Americans in recent months bear this Garza went on to say he worried the inability of local law enforcement to come to grips with rising drug warfare kidnappings and random street violence will have a chilling effect on the crossborder exchange tour ism and commerce so vital to the regions prosperity We certainly do not want at this time to advise Americans to refrain from traveling to Mexico by land or to avoid the border areas but it is our responsibility to alert them to the enhanced He said he applauded Pres 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