Monday, April 03, 2006

More Condi Rice

It seems Condeleeza Rice had a tough time on her tour of Great Britain. At one stop she had protesters chanting "Hey, hey Condi hey, how many kids did you kill today?" At another stop she made the comment about "the thousands of tactical errors" that I posted yesterday.

The next day she rephrased that comment. Rice
asked to name some of the "thousands" of mistakes she had said the U.S. made in Iraq, Rice replied: "First of all, I meant it figuratively, not literally. Let me be very clear about that. I wasn't sitting around counting. The point I was making to the questioner ... is that, of course, if you've ever made decisions, you've undoubtedly made mistakes. "The important thing is to get the big strategic decisions right, and that I am confident that the decision to overthrow Saddam Hussein and give the Iraqi people an opportunity for peace and for democracy is the right decision."

I wonder how that big strategic decision about peace and democracy is working out? In yesterdays post I was curious whether she would elaborate about what those thousands of mistakes might be, some details as it were. I speculated she wouldn't name them, that I wouldn't hold my breath. And of course I was correct, no details, just a verbal dance around the direct question.

Condi also had a big problem with a Beatles lyric. She's a professed Beatles fan and plays their music on the piano. A British reporter asked her about the line "4,000 holes in Blackburn Lancashire," here's the account, beyond that...

Her host British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw jumped in to explain that the line was from the classic 1967 Beatles song "A Day in the Life," on their album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." The Beatles were referring to a newspaper article about the Blackburn roads surveyor‘s count of 4,000 potholes in the area.

The reporter asked Rice to sing a few bars. She meant the part about the 4,000 holes. "But Rice, in over her head in Beatles trivia and looking sorry she had gotten into the whole thing," according to the Associated Press, woodenly sang the title "Sgt. Pepper‘s Lonely Heart‘s Club Band," then left with Straw.

The British press then started referring to Rice's "Magical Mystery Tour," the name of another famed Beatles album. The Times of London ran an editorial cartoon of Rice and Straw holding up a hole-ridden sign labeled "The Case for War."

You can see why government officials and politicians shouldn't pretend they are experts about things like the Beatles unless they truly are.


Blogger Hillary For President said...


When Hillary is elected president she will show Condi what's what.

8:11 AM  

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