Most of the audience questions selected by club CEO Gloria Duffy centered on war and global diplomatic efforts, but Rice was asked for her opinion about the role of armed volunteers guarding the border with Mexico.
"As to enforcement, that is a role for the United States government and the United States government alone,'' she said bluntly.
Rice calls for patience on Iraq, By Mary Ann Ostrom, San Jose Mercury News
That would be be the kind of corruption and abandonment of the rule of law that has traditionally led to vigilantism.
It's not dissimilar to the kind of situation that led to the Civil Rights protests of the Sixties. Would Dr. Rice insist that the activities of the "Freedom Summer" should have been left up to the government, and the government alone?