U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice , right, meets with Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, left, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York Monday, Sept. 18, 2006 REUTERS/Chip EastHow much, I wonder, can be missing before you call the whole thing off? My guess is that a minimum of three elements must be available before the shot is cancelled, and here, indeed, we have the matching armchairs, the small, low table in-between, and the patterned carpet. But... well, a hotel lamp is a poor substitute for a fireplace and... what's that they've got in place of the floral arrangement? Is it a salad condiment tray? What the heck is going on here? I'm assuming that off camera on either side are some awful flag-substitutes, like maybe souvenir "flags of the world" sugar packets thrown on the floor or something.
Oh, Condi, you just can't catch a break from people from that part of the world, can you?