The world's longest, most expensive, least productive on-the-job training program goes on:
GAZA CITY (CNN) -- Israeli soldiers returned to southern Gaza on Tuesday hours after U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice appeared in the West Bank calling for Israelis and Palestinians promptly to resume peace talks…
Speaking in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Rice said Israelis and Palestinians should renew the talks sidetracked by a recent wave of violence "as soon as possible."
She added, "We must all must keep our eye on what we are trying to achieve, and what we are trying to achieve is indeed not easy -- and that is to conclude an agreement that can lead to the establishment of a Palestinian state, to conclude that agreement by the end of this year. I still believe that can be done."
Yes, we must all keep our eye on what we are trying to achieve. And what we are trying to achieve is not easy.
When you're an imbecile.
Dahlan says he warned his friends in the Bush administration that Fatah still wasn’t ready for elections in January. Decades of self-preservationist rule by Arafat had turned the party into a symbol of corruption and inefficiency—a perception Hamas found it easy to exploit. Splits within Fatah weakened its position further: in many places, a single Hamas candidate ran against several from Fatah.
“Everyone was against the elections,” Dahlan says. Everyone except Bush. “Bush decided, ‘I need an election. I want elections in the Palestinian Authority.’ Everyone is following him in the American administration, and everyone is nagging Abbas, telling him, ‘The president wants elections.’ Fine. For what purpose?”
The elections went forward as scheduled. On January 25, Hamas won 56 percent of the seats in the Legislative Council.
Few inside the U.S. administration had predicted the result, and there was no contingency plan to deal with it. “I’ve asked why nobody saw it coming,” Condoleezza Rice told reporters. “I don’t know anyone who wasn’t caught off guard by Hamas’s strong showing.”
“Everyone blamed everyone else,” says an official with the Department of Defense. “We sat there in the Pentagon and said, ‘Who the fuck recommended this?’_”
The World's Most Incompetent Woman didn't know anyone who wasn't caught off guard by Hamas's strong showing!
Apparently, Condi Rice, like Harriet Miers, only knows one person.
George W. Bush.
Here are some other things Condi Rice was caught off guard by:
That al Qaeda was a very serious threat to our national security, despite being briefed by her own counter-terrorism czar, Richard Clarke, in January of 2001 that al Qaeda was a very serious threat to our national security.
That an attack by al Qaeda was imminent, despite a June 21, 2001 meeting with George Tenet, in which his hair was described as being "on fire" and during which he said, "Something is going to happen."
That bin Laden intended to attack the United States, despite an August 6, 2001 PDB entitled: "bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside The United States".
That terrorists might possibly use airplanes as suicide weapons, despite a 1999 report for the National Intelligence Council that terrorists were planning to do exactly that--a report, by the way, that Ari Fleisher said everyone in the Bush administration was aware of, except, apparently, our National Security Advisor.
That terrorists might possibly use airplanes as suicide weapons, despite being told by the CIA that terrorists were training to use airplanes as suicide weapons.
That terrorists might possibly use airplanes as suicide weapons, despite FAA warnings in the Spring of 2001 that terrorists intended to use planes as suicide weapons.
That there were problems with the WMD allegations in the NIE the Bush Administration presented to Congress despite the many footnotes stating that there were problems with the WMD allegations.
That the aluminum tubes Bush cited as evidence of an Iraqi nuclear program in his State of the Union address were not suited for uranium centrifuges, despite being told by the nation's foremost nuclear experts nearly a year before the State of the Union that the tubes were not suited for nuclear weapons.
That the troops being sent to Iraq were insufficient to stabilize a post war Iraq, despite a report prepared by the National Security Council and presented to the National Security Advisor, Condi Rice, stating that at least 300,000 troops would be required to prevent a second war.
I could go on all night.
I mean, honestly, is this the stupidest woman on God's green Earth, or what?
When she gets dressed in the morning, is she "caught off guard" when her hand pops out of her shirt sleeve?
When she's late for work, does she say, "No one could have imagined that there would be traffic on a Monday morning...at rush hour..."???
When she mixes alcohol with prescription drugs and sleeps through intelligence briefings, does she explain that the label warnings were very general and not specifically related to her becoming drowsy during intelligence briefings?
And then, afterwards, does Condi Rice lecture everyone she knows about the uncertain outcome of hands entering sleeves, the impossibility of predicting the exact number of motorists on our dangerous roadways, the uncertainty of how each individual will react to alcohol and prescription drugs?
I'm sure she does.
It's like each and every new day is the first day she ever walked upon the earth. Everything is new and surprising! No one knows anything! All outcomes are wildly unpredictable!
And she can hardly wait until tomorrow so that she can condescendingly explain to the rest of us mindless cretins all the hard learned lessons from her first day on Earth.
She seems totally oblivious to the fact that the rest of us have resided here for all of our lives, while she, every day of the year, just got here at sun up.
She's like our national Drew Barrymore in "50 First Dates".
There's so much about the Bush administration that's wrong, and stupid, and appalling.
But, for my money, Condi Rice is top of the list.
I mean, honestly, she could not do clerical work for me. She's that bad. She's that incompetent.
If she didn't work for the Bush administration, if she weren't a Republican, can you imagine this woman succeeding at anything?