Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Casting the first stone

Is this any way for a Secretary of State to Act?
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Wednesday Russian President Vladimir Putin had too much personal power and that Washington was closely watching the trial of oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

Rice, ending her first visit to Moscow as Washington's top diplomat, said she had talked "pretty pointedly" to Putin about foreign investors' rights.

What is with Ms. Rice? One should not finish up a visit to a new found ally by slamming its Chief Executive. What would our response be if Putin said that "Bush has too much power?" We would impolitely ask him to mind his own business.

The only conclusion from all this is that Condoleezza Rice flunked International Relations 101 (along with the WMD seminar). It doesn't bode well for the future. Maybe she's been sitting on Bolton's knee.

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