U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice meets with Indonesia's Defense Minister Yuwono Sudarson at the State Department in Washington April 16, 2007. (UNITED STATES) REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Never mind the Indonesian guy; he's just another body to balance out the matching armchairs photo-op. Today's fun Condiread is Dana Milbank's latest in the Washington Post. So the people at the State Department who are, like, totally in charge of spreading democracy had a meeting, and Condi showed up! Yay! But, you know, talking about Iraq is too boring 'n' depressing, so what's a bunch of diplopals to do? Why, sit around complimenting each other, natch:
To help fill the time without talking about Iraq, the committee members took turns bathing Rice in praise.
"You had no notes. You just spoke honestly to us. I was very impressed," said Mark Palmer.
"I have to say, as I listen to you, Madam Secretary, that something comes through that's very genuine," said Brian Atwood.
"Very comprehensive and coherent," commented Carl Gershman.
"Powerful," agreed Crocker.
"Your insightful words," said Kenneth Wollack, "come from the heart as well as the head."
Wow, that's some strong criticism they're throwing at Dr. Ferragamo! See, this is why the State Department doesn't get much done: they simply love each other too much! And how did Condi respond to their not-so-tough love?
Rice reciprocated by praising her committee. "We've already gotten some outstanding recommendations. . . . I think the other recommendations are great. . . . I couldn't agree more. . . . I agree completely. . . . Great comments. . . . I find myself in violent agreement with what's been said around the table."
The secretary of state offered the committee members a provocative thought to start their deliberations. She asserted that the "first goal" of American foreign policy should be developing democracies. "Now, why don't I say 'war on terror' or whatever?" she continued. "Because without well-governed, democratic states, you're likely to have failed states or authoritarian states that are going to submerge but not deal with the unhealthy political forces that lead to extremism."
OMG, 'war on terror' or whatever! I fully couldn't have said it better myself!