Britain, Italy and Germany to Condi: WTF?
Sidney Blumenthal has done a fine piecing together of Condi Rice's disastrous performances in Europe over recent months with regard to torture. He lays out pretty clearly that she's a bloody novice; a child at diplomacy. Rice denies a U.S. policy of torture because her administration has convenient new definition of what it entails.
But as Blumenthal points out, unlike the colossal media/public opinion sucker complex here in the US, "Her remarks can never sway or convince any European leader, foreign ministry or intelligence service, which have the means to make their own judgments." And they have, and the result is unanimous that she's been practising deceitful diplomacy -- lying to our allies.
Take her performance in Deutschland:
In Germany, Rice was greeted by the new chancellor, Angela Merkel, eager to repair relations with the Bush administration made awkward by former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's opposition to the Iraq war. Rice's visit was supposed to smooth over the conflicts of the past, but instead it surfaced new ones that indicated that the divisions between Germany -- and Europe -- and the U.S. are rooted in the Bush administration's fundamental policies.
Rice arrived in Berlin on the heels of a Washington Post report about the rendition, to a secret CIA jail in Afghanistan called the Salt Pit, of a German citizen, Khaled el-Masri, who was tortured and imprisoned for five months in a case of mistaken identity. After meeting with Rice, Merkel announced that Rice had acknowledged that the U.S. had made a "mistake" in the case. But Rice countered with a statement denying she had said that at all. The reconciliation with Germany was botched; Merkel was embarrassed; and Rice's credibility, at least in the German press, was left in tatters.Blumenthal's accounts of Rice's actions toward England and Italy on renditions and torture are equally shocking.
There's an idiot amateur roving the planet with no credibility --and it's the goddamn secretary of state.