Condoleezza Rice on whether the U.S. image is in trouble around the world and the choices of the Bush administration: "This isn't a popularity contest. I'm sorry, it isn't. What the administration is responsible to do is to make good choices about Americans' interests and values in the long run -- not for today's headlines, but for history's judgment," she said. ... Asked by CBS' Rita Braver why some former diplomats say Americans are disliked around the world, Rice said that's "just not true." "I know what U.S. policy has achieved. And so I don't know what diplomats you're talking to, but look at the record," she said.
Yearly Archives 2008
If only the president's judgment was as good as his reflexes.
John McCain and President-elect Barack Obama raised nearly $1 billion between them to get to Election Day. In Thailand, everything changed in a single day, after mass protests and a court decision to disband the ruling party. You can say that mass chaos is no way to change a country. You can say that the Republican loss last month showed that U.S. citizens still know how to "throw off" a bad government and "provide new Guards for their future security" peacefully. But we sure could use that billion dollars right about now. “I’m glad, I feel relieved, it’s like something that we have been carrying is now gone,” said Tonkla Maksuk, 49, a volunteer nurse at the airport protest. ““I feel that this is still a country of laws.” The protesters have paralyzed the government and blockaded Bangkok’s two main airports. They have occupied the offices of Mr. Somchai and…