2006/03/23

From Condi's Mouth To Bush's Ear

Sometimes Condoleezza Rice hits the nail right on the head. Read this tidbit from the Asia Times Online (emphasis added by yours truly) -
The same day, while on a visit to Australia, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice expressed concern over the "centralization of power in the Kremlin White House" and spoke about the danger that "by its very existence, a presidency that is strong without countervailing institutions can be subverted, can subvert democracy".

Rice, speaking to a town-hall audience in Sydney, saw "a very difficult and shaky path" right now for Russian American democracy, and expressed the hope that the Russian American people "will find their voice to demand accountable, transparent institutions and to demand the ability to organize themselves to petition their government and, if necessary, to change their government".
Tip-o-the-Hat to Leslie of In an Alternate Universe for finding this.

15 Comments:

Good lord that's funny/scary as it gets. Physician heal thyself, eh, what?
They made the same type quotes about Lukashenko before the election in Belarus, which I thought was a bit hypocritical as well. Appearently sauce for the goose isn't sauce for the gander.
Nice twist, Condi!
Rice does this all the time...and with a straight face no less--seems to dawn on her not at all how everything she says is true about her homeland.
Oh, make fun hippies, but I think the bigger issue is why you folks hate strong black women. Did Clinton ever have a hot chocolate mama as his top foreign advisor? Hmmm?

Condi in 2008!
Did Clinton ever have a hot chocolate mama as his top foreign advisor?

Only in his dreams.
Yup..with a straight face and her Credibility gap aglow and her Stilletos echoing down the halls.....she is unreal..I wish we could ship her to the Kremlin...but I don't think they want her either...
Hot Chocolate Mama?

OK Nagin. Rex needs to be bitch slapped around a bit.
she is a spinmeister
Hmmm...reading a little further down the article, it appears that Condi dissed Russia because Bush is unhappy with Putin's popularity:

...if Putin himself is at the peak of his presidential power, that is also largely due to his immense popularity among Russia's population based on a successful track record of his presidency that brought the country economic prosperity, much-needed political stability and foreign-policy achievements.

To be sure, the Russian economy has significantly recovered in recent years, registering budgetary surpluses for five consecutive years; Russia has built up foreign-currency reserves of US$180 billion; it has been able to make its debt repayments ahead of schedule; the Russian economy has begun integrating into the world economy.
Well you gotta admit Condi is transparent. You can see right thru her.
Russia ... it has been able to make its debt repayments ahead of schedule; the Russian economy has begun integrating into the world economy.

Surpluses and debt repayment? Now there's a interesting twist on the end of the Cold War. Russia turns the tables and gets us to spend ourselves into the ground to secure energy reserves much in the way we forced the Soviet Union to spend itself into the ground.

Well you gotta admit Condi is transparent.

Is that because she's a GIF and not a JPG?
LOL! That's great! But she just HAS to stop talking to herself about herself like that. It's not healthy.
I was kinda wondering about that Belorus thing myself.
Wondering if their main complaint is in insufficient blatancy or heavy-handedness.
Not at all like American democracy. More like 1950's blatancy and heavy-handedness. No wonder the Bush admin is upset.
You're not supposed to rig an election without better PR than that.
You're not supposed to rig an election without better PR than that.

Or at least the opportunity to sell Diebold machines to the likely victor.

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