Secretary Rice is a skilled diplomat and she skillfully avoided answering the tough questions. I found her to be non-responsive and unpersuasive when asked how and why she and the State Department allowed private security contractors, like Blackwater, to operate above the law for the past four years.

Editor's Note: The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing on "The State Department and the Iraq War" Thursday, at which Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice testified.