“We’re not yet at the point where I think we can determine what we would do about formal negotiations, when and if (they can occur).”
— Condi Rice (1/18/06)
”The whole jet-setting trip turned out to be yet another stage-managed, futile diplomatic exercise.”
–Peninsula newspaper editorial, Qatar (via NYT)
Could somebody please tell me what Condi’s latest Middle East diplomacy trip show debacle cost the tax payers (if only in dollars)? It’s gracious of the NYT to refer to the Secretary’s Middle East strategy in terms of a “loose agenda.” Otherwise, they might have tried: unintelligible.
For another interpretative mix of visual and verbal, my tribute to the late, great Art Buchwald, and a look at what Condi brought back from her visit to Israel, check out The BAG’s companion piece today at Huffington Post.
… Oh, and here are the rest of the scrapbook pages The BAG obtained…. (As usual, help yourself to the visual dynamics.)
(image 1: Loay Abu Haykel/Reuters. January 14, 2007. Ramallah. Via YahooNews. image 2: w/ Kuwait Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed Sabah al-Salem al-Sabah. Stephanie McGehee/Reuters. January 16, 2007. Kuwait. Via YahooNews. image 3: Moshe Milner/Israel Govt. Press Office/Handout/Reuters. January 15, 2007. Jerusalem. Via YahooNews. image 4: German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R). Michael Kappeler/AFP/DDP. Berlin. January 18, 2007. Via YahooNews.) image 5: Bruno Vincent/AFP. January 18, 2007. London. Via YahooNews.)