Thursday, December 18, 2008

Condi Rice, news editor

During an impressively tough interview with Zain Verjee of CNN --

SECRETARY RICE: Zain, the United States is not loathed. The policies of the United States are sometimes not liked. People don’t like that we’ve had to say hard things and do hard things about terrorism. People don’t like that we’ve spoken fiercely for the right of Israel to defend itself at the same time that we’ve advocated for a Palestinian state. But I have to go back. So many people in and around when that [shoe] incident happened told me how embarrassed they were by the fact that that had happened. But the crux --

QUESTION: But didn’t it upset you? Didn’t it?

SECRETARY RICE: No, no, only that the focus of those who are supposed to be reporting for history didn’t focus on the historical moment, which is that this was the President of the United States in Baghdad, for goodness sakes, with a freely elected prime minister in a show of friendship. It didn’t get reported that the Iraqi band spent apparently several – all night trying to learn our national anthem and did it really rather well.

On a more serious note, she is as deluded as her boss in her unwillingness to accept the chaos in Iraq as a source of their unpopularity in the Arab world. In their mind it's because they made "tough decisions".

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