In this photo released by Saudi News Agency, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, second left, and U.S. Defence Secretary Robert Gates, left, meet with Saudi King Abdullah in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, late, Tuesday, July 31, 2007. (AP Photo/HO, Saudi News Agency)
And, well, there you have it! I don't really have much to say, other than noting that it's kinda funny the the Secretary of State has to be chaperoned by the Secretary of Defense, isn't it? Mixed-messages city! I like the crowded, opulent setting, crammed full of paintings, lamps, awkwardly-placed translators, candy dishes... and, of course, Kleenex™ boxes! I knew they wouldn't let me down. Let's play spot the tissue dispensers, OK? Here goes:
Saudi Arabia: where no nose is an island.