Home     Writers     Op/Ed     Book Reviews     News     Bookstore     Photoshops     Submit     Search     Contact Us     Advertise  
  You are here: 
Conning Condi
Monday, 05 March 2007 21:36
by Russel Wellen

In a surprise move, writes Jim Lobe on Antiwar.com, "U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has appointed a prominent neoconservative hawk and leading champion of the Iraq war to the post of State Department Counselor." Her right-hand man, Philip Zelikow, who was also executive director of the 9/11 Commission and gained further notoriety when he proclaimed that they invaded Iraq to protect Israel, resigned. He'll be replaced by Elliot Cohen, an American Enterprise Institute type, who learned at the feet of Paul Wolfowitz.

In fact, writes Lobe, Cohen was "particularly scathing about [the Iraq Study Group's] recommendations for Washington to directly engage Syria and Iran and revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process — recommendations which Rice herself has explicitly endorsed in the last few weeks."

With Rice spreading her diplomatic wings ever wider — besides promoting the Syria-Iran talks, she did an end run around Cheney on North Korea — what gives? Is this just another example of her "one step forward, two steps back" syndrome when it comes to promoting diplomacy over force?

Known and very popular cialis coupon which gives all the chance to receive a discount for a preparation which has to be available and exactly cialis coupons has been found in the distant room of this big house about which wood-grouses in the houses tell.

If you'll recall, she helped broker a peace in Lebanon last summer. But not before giving her blessings for the carnage to run its course when she said that a cease-fire "will be a false promise if it returns us to the status quo."

Lobe quotes the New America Foundation's Steven Clemons (who also runs a great blog: The Washington Note):

"Rice never takes Cheney head-on and is very careful not to take on people who might antagonize him."
Or as Jim Lobe, when contacted, said of Rice. She "triangulates all the time."

But what about Cohen? He must know Rice is using him as a spoonful of sugar to make the diplomacy go down for Cheney. Lobe then quotes Chris Nelson, editor of the Washington insider newsletter, The Nelson Report. "'And, if she's really planning to put her foot down on the Israelis, which [Washington] will have to do if it wants to get a real process with the Palestinians then a guy like Cohen up there on the [State Department's] seventh floor who is in on it and can claim influence on the outcome can help.'"

But why would a raging neocon like Cohen want to claim that he helped sea a deal that involves negotiating with the hated Iranians over, no less, Palestine? By accepting the position, is he attempting to con Condi? Will he, in fact, be on constant lookout for opportunities to advance his own –- or Cheney's — agenda, which would, of necessity, subvert hers?

Who knows? As Lobe told us regarding Rice's triangulation:

"It creates enormous incoherence and confusion."

More from this author:
Just Like with Torture, Cheney's Got His Teeth Sunk into Iran (7118 Hits)
by Russ Wellen So much creative destruction, so little time. First the Republicans lost their majority status in Congress. Then the Iraq...
Who Will Save Us from War with Iran? (4505 Hits)
As if Iraq never happened, top Democrats align themselves with the administration on Iran.   "Oh, they'd never let that...
Greatest Expectations (3876 Hits)
by Russell Wellen "The idea that there's a military solution is absolutely bonkers." -- Mohamed ElBaradei When you hear...
A War That Will Hit Home (3990 Hits)
by Russell Wellen Attack Iran and the "homeland" won't know what hit it. Remember the stories our parents or grandparents...
What's It Like Waiting Around to Be Bombed? (3616 Hits)
by Russell Wellen Iran on the brink. A recent CBS News/New York Times poll showed that 65 percent of Americans endorsed diplomacy with...
Related Articles:
What Condi Needs to Worry About (4044 Hits)
by Jayne Lyn Stahl Some breaking news for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Instead of worrying about Vladimir Putin's "broad...
Driving Miss Condi (7837 Hits)
by Franklin Lamb It was one of those bleak, wet and cold London mornings back on January 18, 1990 when this observer exited the Marks and...
Condi bids a quick 'Hello-Goodbye' to Lebanon (4046 Hits)
by Franklin Lamb Secretary of State Rice's aircraft kept its engines warm and its fuselage surrounded by the US Secret Service and Lebanon's...
CIA Warned Condi on Niger Claim (2959 Hits)
by Jason Leopold A high-ranking CIA official warned Condoleezza Rice in September 2002 that allegations about Iraq seeking yellowcake uranium...

Add this page to your favorite Social Bookmarking websites
Comments (1)add comment

a guest said:

With Cheney's blod clot, it looks like Condi Rice will be appointed VP by Bush -- my prediction.
March 06, 2007
Votes: +0

Write comment
smaller | bigger



Top 123