Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Rice Misses An Easy Pitch

In an interview with Lukman Ahmed of BBC Arabic Television, Secretary Condoleezza Rice was asked this question:

QUESTION: And that will lead me to this following question about Israel, that a lot of Arab analysts say that you follow double-standard policy. Israel is believed to have nuclear weapon. It’s not a member in the (inaudible). And Israel, the clear policy said that it will not be the first to introduce nuclear weapons in the Middle East. Now, what is your understanding to introduce? Do you understand that Israel is not the first use, or not to acquire or not to develop?

and responded thus:

SECRETARY RICE: Look, I’ll leave it to Israel to talk about Israeli security doctrine. But there is going to come a day when the Middle East does not even need to talk about nuclear-free zones, because it will be a region of peace. And that is what this Administration has been seeking. And in that regard, I don’t think that you have had an administration that has been more actively seeking a Palestinian state, something the President declared to be in the interest not just of Palestinians and of Israelis, but in the interest of the United States as well.

And with that now growing consensus with the Arab states, with Israel, with Israelis of many different political stripes, with Palestinians, with the international community, that the only real option is a two-state solution, I think this President has moved the debate in the Middle East quite far forward and launched the most active and robust negotiations toward a two-state solution, perhaps that the region has ever seen.

Gee, I would have thought being soft-pitched this way, Rice could have lambasted Iran or, at the least, disavow any 'double standard policy' charge.

But not her.

1 comment:

Suzanne Pomeranz said...

Winkie - her concern now is NOT saying what needs to be said or doing what really should be done, but in leaving what she would consider her "legacy" and in producing a paper trail of documentation for an eventual Nobel 'Peace' Prize... for herself and/or her boss... (which, hopefully, won't happen, but I wouldn't be surprised, given the recipients in the last years).