November 30, 2006
Forget about the embarassment to the President of the United States, how about us? You and me. Al-Maliki reads in the NY Times that Steve Hadley thinks the prime minister is a fool, a tool, or incompetent. Surprise. He snubs the president in Jordan. Suddenly the entire world is laughing at us.
One reason for the laughter is the incompetence of Condi in not knowing this could happen. After all, the Hadley memo was leaked by the administration for some reason. If she didn't know, she might have raced to Baghdad to repair the damage. No, she remained with the president in the hot spot of combat, Latvia.
Second reason for the laughter--The White House insisted it was not a snub. "Absolutly not" claimed Dan Bartlett. (Let me see. You are driving to pick up your prom date. When you arrive, you are told she went to the movie with another guy. Snubbed? Absolutely not! You have a drink with her father and her mother takes your pictue. Nice.)
I recall the great novel by Jimmy Breslin entitled "The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight." This gang is incredible. Three years and 8 months after invading a country, they put a study group together. As the Marines abandon Anbar province, the President tells NATO that "I will not leave until the mission is complete."
Amy Goodman reported that Pakistani diplomats were urging the NATO boys to give up on Afghnistan. "The Taliban has won" was the message.
Where are we? Tom Friedman in the NYT says Iraq is beyond civil war. The society is collapsing. He's right. Any minute Hillary might announce her position. My guess? Bring back Rummy. I can hardly wait.
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