December 6, 2005


Rice Defends Tactics Used Against Suspects: Europe Aware of Operations, She Implies (Glenn Kessler, December 6, 2005, Washington Post)

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, seeking to dampen a furor in Europe over the CIA's secret detention and transport of suspected terrorists on European soil, on Monday defended U.S. actions there as preventing terrorist attacks and strongly suggested that operations have occurred only with the cooperation of relevant governments.

At Andrews Air Force Base before boarding her plane for a week-long swing through Europe, Rice said the United States always respects the sovereignty of foreign countries when conducting intelligence operations within their borders. Aides said that was diplomatic code meaning that the United States does not act without first getting permission.

Here everyone thought Chirac and Schroeder were leering at Ms Rice when in fact they were just giving a wink of approval.

The Man Behind the Secretary of State's Rock Star Image (JOEL BRINKLEY, 12/05/05, NY Times)

When Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice landed in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, a few weeks ago, waiting to greet her as she stepped off the plane was a falconer. Ms. Rice looked a bit wary as he urged his bird to perch on her arm.

As she landed in Tokyo early this year, waiting for her at the bottom of the stairs was Konishiki, the popular, 600-pound, Japanese-American sumo champion, decked out in a billowing black silk kimono. When he reached out to give Ms. Rice a hug she looked startled and gasped as he enveloped her delicate frame. The next day, a senior Japanese official said, "she and Konishiki were all over the newspapers" across Japan.

Despite the time-worn diplomatic formula of quiet airport greetings by often-dour foreign ministers, for Ms. Rice the more telegenic receptions in Bishkek and Tokyo were not anomalies. Among the diplomats, politicians and journalists of the world, there is no argument that she has ascended to rock star status.

Other than Bono, is any rock star taken seriously?

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 6, 2005 11:38 AM

We know she plays the piano and very well. Does she sing? She's only a couple years older than the U2 guys - she should do a song with them.

Posted by: jim hamlen at December 6, 2005 12:08 PM

OJ -

you meant to say 'including Bono ..' , right?

Posted by: JonofAtlanta at December 6, 2005 12:33 PM

Here in Illinois, Obama is "bigger than Jesus."

Does that qualify as "rock star" status.

The Dems here want to skip the presidency and make him Pope and Dictator of the World combined.

Posted by: Bruno at December 6, 2005 1:12 PM

Condi for President! Slogan: She Is a Rock Star.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at December 6, 2005 2:24 PM

Here we see the downside, the soft underbelly of the Time Zone Rule: Orrin actually thinks people take Bono seriously.

Time to get out a bit more!

Posted by: Kirk Parker at December 6, 2005 11:58 PM
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