So Who Was Condi Talking About… Terrorists or Democrats?
Condoleezza Rice would not be so bold as to ‘out’ democrats on their lack of support for our military and for the infant democracies of the Middle East while speaking in Europe, would she?
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, center, between French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, left and French President Nicolas Sarkozy during the photo opportunity at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Monday, June 25, 2007. Rice is in Paris for two days of get-to-know-you meetings with the new conservative-led French government and a strategy session on Darfur. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
But, who exactly was Condoleezza Rice speaking about when she spoke about democracy today in France:
Nearly a year after she was ridiculed for calling a war in Lebanon “the birth pangs of a new Middle East,” Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is insisting democracy will come to the region whatever the setbacks.
In Paris for talks on the future of Sudan’s ravaged Darfur region and a meeting with Lebanon’s Western-backed premier, Rice met Monday with new French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
On Sunday, she acknowledged the bad news coming from Iraq, Lebanon and the Palestinian territories.
“Democracy is hard, and I see it as especially hard when there are determined enemies who try and strangle it,” Rice said when asked about the “birth pangs” remark during a news conference with French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner.
Kouchner organized Monday’s conference to speed deployment of about 20,000 new peacekeeping troops to Darfur, the vast, arid region where an estimated 200,000 have died in fighting between African rebels and militias backed by the Arab-led Sudanese government. The conflict has driven about 2.5 million from their homes.
So again… Was Condi talking about terrorists or today’s democratic party?
Sometimes its hard to know.