Condi & the dictator

Cross-posted in PEEK and the Mix.

Recalling Rummy's chummy handshake with Saddam, Condi stood next to a four-time veteran of Parade mag's "Annual List of the World’s 10 Worst Dictators," Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. She went on to call him a "a good friend," according to Bill Scher.

This touching display is accompanied by threats to Iran and a call for the international community to take steps against that dictator. You know, the bad one.

Scher writes:
"Gee, why does Obiang get to be Condi’s 'good friend' and the Iran mullahs get threatened with tactical nuclear weapons?"
"Cause we already have our hands on Equatorial Guinea’s oil, silly."
Nukes you say? Yes, that is a sizable difference between the two -- as is Iran's support for terrorism -- but Bush's wholesale refusal to deal with Iran diplomatically, even when Iran extended its hand, does represent a glaring hypocrisy in our foreign policy. Besides, our administration's own intelligence services estimate that Iran is ten years away from developing a weapon. Don't be confused by all the talk of centrifuges and fissile material and desires and underground bunkers. It takes 50,000 centrifuges to make a bomb. And that's if you have the uranium to enrich in the first place.

Even more disturbing is the administration inability to see how counterproductive its foreign policy actually is. The lack of saber-rattling at nations who do have nuclear weapons already indicates to Iran that their only hope to avoid an invasion is to continue to develop nukes.

Most Americans are aware. Thus, Bush's (and the GOP's) current unpopularity problem... (Liberal Oasis)

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