Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, right, meets with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at the Presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, March 4, 2008. talks focused on Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.(AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
And this morning, the Washington Post includes an editorial all about Condi's little Egyptian stopover:
[...] three years after Mr. Bush promised the world's democratic reformers that the United States would stand with them, the administration has so reversed itself that it joins Mr. Mubarak in rejecting restrictions attached by Congress to aid money.
Ms. Rice said the administration used a waiver built into the legislation so the Egyptian military will get the full $1.3 billion allocated by the administration this year. "We believe that this relationship with Egypt is an important one and that the waiver was the right thing to do," she said. Lamely, she said she had talked about the need for reform with the foreign minister during their private meeting.
"So, she has exercised the right of waiver," declared Mr. Aboul Gheit triumphantly. His was the vindication of a diplomat who has just watched the U.S. secretary of state publicly repudiate the policy she once championed, in order to appease an autocrat. "I think I said that, yes," responded Ms. Rice. Let's hope she felt at least a little shame.
Condi feel shame? What, is the Post intentionally trying to be funny?