July 22, 2005


Rice makes surprise visit to Lebanon (ANNE GEARAN, 7/22/05, Associated Press)

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a surprise visit to volatile Lebanon under heavy guard Friday to encourage a new democratic government outside Syrian control.

Rice met with Saad Hariri, son of assassinated former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Together, they visited the seaside grave of the elder Hariri, an anti-Syrian politician slain in a February car bombing. Afterwards, she went directly to the Presidential Palace for a meeting with Lebanon's pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud.

This will be an opportunity first of all to congratulate the Lebanon people on their incredible desire for democracy," Rice said en route to Beirut.

One of many Middle Eastern nations being bloodlessly transformed thanks to the war in Iraq.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 22, 2005 11:04 AM

She is a credit to her nation, and I hope one day she will be sitting in the Oval Office.

Posted by: erp at July 22, 2005 12:37 PM

I wish she would have walked out during the rough-up yesterday.

They're not ready for prime time.

Posted by: Sandy P at July 22, 2005 1:21 PM


I don't blame her for whatever she did. That just isn't supposed to happen. There's no playbook for how to deal with situations where diplomatic staff get roughed up by a foreign country's bully-boys. There's always carpet-bombing their major cities but that's a little over the top.

My expectation is that she said something to the head gangster in Sudan and we will not see a repeat on her watch.

Posted by: bart at July 22, 2005 2:27 PM

The NYTimes and WaPo ragged on Powell for not travelling enough during the run up to the Iraq invasion. Condi has been racking up the FFMs.

JEB & Condi in '08!

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at July 22, 2005 6:11 PM


Posted by: Harry Eagar at July 23, 2005 6:41 PM


Posted by: oj at July 23, 2005 8:09 PM

Except politicians keep getting blown up.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at July 25, 2005 4:57 PM

No one ever minds a few murdered politicians, especially if it leads to such easy democratization.

Posted by: oj at July 25, 2005 5:01 PM
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