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Tuesday, November 16, 2004
Condi Rice: Old Puppet, New Tricks
James Wolcott again pens the words that are stumbling around in my head. Watching Condi Rice give her acceptance speech (that's what it was, after all) made me sick to my stomach, particularly the bit about her "mentor" Colin Powell. It sounded all a little too shallow and too much like an actor who had just won an Academy Award. After all of her miscues, missteps, lies ("hundreds of Al-Qaeda leaders"), and no evidence of a backbone, we're supposed to believe that she will be an effective diplomat? Correct me if I'm wrong, but the Secretary of State is supposed to be able to communicate policy and negotiate independently within the framework of that policy? It is obvious from this appointment that Bushco is getting exactly what they wanted in Colin Powell but didn't get, at least initially--a mouthpiece to do the dirty work of telling other nations to go to hell while smiling. Condi will be the best puppet ever!