Saturday, July 22, 2006

Taking down Condi's mythology

The myth of the competent and vaunted Condi is taken on today by Maureen Dowd, "Condi’s Flying Dutchman." Maybe people will scrutinize her record a little more given the record. I've never quite understood the Condi fan club and the '08 cheerleaders, egging her on to run for President. I think that dream is dying of late.
The more W. and his tough, by-any-means-necessary superbabe have tried to tame the Middle East, the more inflamed the Middle East has become. Now the secretary of state is leaving, reluctantly and belatedly, to do some shuttle diplomacy that entails little diplomacy and no shuttling. It’s more like air-guitar diplomacy.

Condi doesn’t want to talk to Hezbollah or its sponsors, Syria and Iran — “Syria knows what it needs to do,’’ she says with asperity — and she doesn’t want a cease-fire. She wants “a sustainable cease-fire,’’ which means she wants to give the Israelis more time to decimate Hezbollah bunkers with the precision-guided bombs that the Bush administration is racing to deliver.

“I could have gotten on a plane and rushed over and started shuttling, and it wouldn’t have been clear what I was shuttling to do,” she said.

Keep more civilians from being killed? Or at least keep America from being even more despised in the Middle East and around the globe?
W's Iraq gambit (and Condi's) has put them in quite the pickle and Condi's now desperately trying to put lipstick on a pig...think you'd ever hear James Baker or for that matter, Madeleine Albright sputtering about the merits of diplomatic efforts as a tinderbox ignites? No, I don't think so.