November 10, 2006

So what was Condoleezza Rice doing two days after the election?

Photo-op-ing with Michelle Kwan.

Why is Rice suddenly drifting around in the afternoon TV section of American politics?

Bland inspirationalism for women.

That makes sense?

No.

11 comments:

Ruth Anne Adams said...

What? Too much tootie?

salvage said...

Because Rice, like the rest of the Bush Administration is a colossal failure and this is the sort of thing they should be doing until America gets sane and competent leadership.

knoxgirl said...

salvage, what did Michelle Kwan ever do to you??

Internet Ronin said...

I'm sorry, Ann, but I just don't follow your line of reasoning here. This was undoubtedly planned some time ago. What was Rice supposed to do once the election results were in? Cancel all previous engagements and go into mourning? Resign from office and take the veil? Or just continue on and do her job, which involves many "feel good" moments such as this?

salvage said...

Hmm Knoxgirl I didn't think of it that way.

Poor girl.

Sigivald said...

What's she a failure at, salvage?

Being a Democrat? Hating Bush?

Seriously - what'd she do that makes her insane and incompetent, other than be on The Wrong Side in your calculus?

Me, I don't care if she's doing photo-ops now. Like Ronin said, this stuff's all pre-scheduled. And, hell, it's not like the State Department does anything very useful, or the Secretary of State does anything important.

(I'm half joking, half serious. The State Department, as near as I can tell, needs to be gutted and rebuilt - no matter which party is in charge at the moment, or who the current Secretary is.

But maybe I only think that because I'm a hawk and I want an effective State Department that's actually on Our Side, as I see it. I'd be more happy if that happened on the Democrats' watch than if it didn't under the Republicans'.)

Freder Frederson said...

What was Rice supposed to do once the election results were in?

Its not so much what Rice should have been doing once the election results were in, its what the hell has she done for the last five months. From the way she was acting, you wouldn't think that their entire middle east policy is falling apart. Oh, and by the way, Afghanistan is a fucking mess, too.

But of course, if the Republicans had been reelected and we had just "stayed the course" (oops, we have never been stay the course, so what exactly is our policy?) everything would be peachy and Ann would get her pony.

salvage said...

Her job Sigivald, her job.

Or has Iraq stopped having hourly terrorist attacks? Has the Taliban's resurgence been put down? Has bin Laden been caught? Is there more or less terrorism now than when she started?

See I've got this goofy idea about results being a good measure of competence.

Slac said...

Kwan should have said, "and I'm sure Secretary Rice will be president someday as well."

Freder, I think getting China back into the fray with North Korea was one of Rice's significant accomplishments in the past five months. Hey?

Chris said...

Rice basically succeeded in severing North Korea from their Iranian financiers. People who don't want to see the results of what she's been doing, won't giver her a dime's worth of credit. Nor Michelle, for that matter.

Revenant said...

From the way she was acting, you wouldn't think that their entire middle east policy is falling apart. Oh, and by the way, Afghanistan is a fucking mess, too.

She's the Secretary of State. Unless you can point to examples of how *diplomatic* failures caused Iraq and Afghanistan to become "a fucking mess", I don't see how she deserves the blame for it. Especially given that the general policies in both nations were set by her predecessor (who really *was* a fuckup), and she's been stuck dealing with the aftermath.