[Marxism] Painting Rice Nice
Brian_Shannon at verizon.net
Thu Aug 10 07:04:59 MDT 2006
See, she doesn't look so bad after all. Compare her to the guy
sitting next to her on her Ultra-Right -- Elliott Abrams, the
pardoned Iran-Contra guy. However, you can't even be associated with
this prong from hell without condemning yourself.
August 10, 2006
Rice’s Hurdles on Middle East Begin at Home
By HELENE COOPER
WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 — As fighting was breaking out last month between
Hezbollah and Israel, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice worked
through the night at her guest quarters on Russia’s Baltic coast to
draft America’s response to the unfolding crisis.
The strategy she outlined that night, the eve of the Group of 8
meeting, dispensed with traditional diplomatic flourishes. It
included no call for an immediate cease-fire and expressly stated
that Israel had a right to defend itself.
The approach, which President Bush approved the next morning and has
served as the basis for American strategy during the crisis, was more
than a policy blueprint. It was also Ms. Rice’s answer to opposing
camps within the Bush administration. Ms. Rice, one senior
administration official said, “staked out a position that was
sufficiently unlike the usual State Department” approach to satisfy
conservatives in the government, including Vice President Dick
Cheney, who were pushing for strong American support for Israel.
As Ms. Rice has struggled with the Middle East crisis over the last
four weeks, she has found herself trying to be not only a peacemaker
abroad but also a mediator among contending parties at home.
Washington’s resistance to an immediate cease-fire and its staunch
support of Israel have made it more difficult for Ms. Rice to work
with other nations, including some American allies, as they search
for a formula that will end the violence and produce a durable cease-
On her recent trips to the Middle East, Ms. Rice was accompanied by
two men with very different outlooks on the conflict: Elliott Abrams,
senior director at the National Security Council, and C. David Welch,
a career diplomat and former ambassador to Egypt who is assistant
secretary of state for Near East affairs.
Mr. Welch represents the traditional State Department view that the
United States should serve as a neutral broker in the Middle East.
Mr. Abrams, a neoconservative with strong ties to Mr. Cheney, has
pushed the administration to throw its support behind Israel. During
Ms. Rice’s travels, he kept in direct contact with Mr. Cheney’s office.
One administration official described how during the trip — including
a July 29 discussion in Ms. Rice’s Rabin suite at the David Citadel
Hotel, with its panoramic view of Jerusalem’s Old City — Mr. Welch
and Mr. Abrams served as counterfoils, with Mr. Welch arguing the
Arab view and Mr. Abrams articulating the Israeli stance.
Ms. Rice selected Mr. Abrams for the National Security Council staff
in 2002 when she was national security adviser. His return to
government service was unexpected. After President George H. W. Bush
pardoned Mr. Abrams in 1992 for his role in the Iran-Contra affair
during the 1980’s, Mr. Abrams said he would never work as policy
. . .
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