US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice(R) listens as former NATO commander General Jim Jones speaks after being introduced as special envoy for Middle East security, focusing on Palestinian and Israeli security issues at the State Department in Washington, DC. Jones will assist the Palestinians to "better design a security concept" for the future country they want to create, Rice told reporters.(AFP/Tim Sloan)
A what? A security concept? Once again, Madame Secretary's ability to wax meaningless leaves me bewildered and impressed. Good luck, General Jim!
But forget Jim Jones, because ooooooh, I just can't believe all the mean things Maureen Dowd said about Condi today! OMG! And it's totally unfair, because she gets all her dirt from coworker Elizabeth Bumiller's book which isn't even published yet. But anyway, if there are more gems like the following, maybe Bumiller's book will be worth reading after all:
...in another instance of spectacular willful ignorance, she was blindsided by the Hamas win in the Palestinian elections.
As she described it to Bumiller, she went upstairs at 5 a.m. the morning after the Palestinian elections in 2006 to the gym in her Watergate apartment to exercise on her elliptical machine. She saw the news crawl reporting the Hamas victory.
“I thought, ‘Well, that’s not right,’ ” she said. She kept exercising for awhile but finally got off the elliptical trainer and called the State Department. “I said, ‘What happened in the Palestinian elections?’ and they said, ‘Oh, Hamas won.’ And I thought, ‘Oh, my goodness*! Hamas won?’ ”
When she couldn’t reach the State Department official on the ground in the Palestinian territories, she did what any loyal Bushie would do: She got back on the elliptical.
“I thought, might as well finish exercising,” Rice told Bumiller. “It’s going to be a really long day.” It was one of the few times she was prescient on the Middle East.
*I totally read that as OMG, didn't you?