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Sunday, September 18, 2005

One More Reason to Love Condi...

as if you needed another, after her NYT interview last week, is her quiet rejection of identity-politics.

Madeleine Albright, our first female Secretary of State, organized meetings of her female colleagues (female foreign ministers and secretaries of state) at international gatherings. According to Reuters, via the Washington Post, Condoleeza Rice has politely declined to attend the gathering tonight.

Given the high-level diplomatic presence from around the world in New York City this weekend, she apparently feels that there are more valuable uses of her time, such as working to strengthen the international consensus on nuclear weapons development in Iran. It's hard to imagine how anyone could disagree with her priorities.


Anonymous Michael said...

If Ms. Rice actually has other pressing diplomatic appointments today, I'll be very surprised. Think "interrupted New York shopping trip" from earlier this month.

As for trying to drum up support for sanctions against Iran being a more important priority - well, it might be a bit more productive to sanction Pakistan for all the nuclear technology it sold to North Korea and Iran. But I know you guys on the right have a problem with recognizing priorities, such as finishing one war (and actually catching the bad guys) before starting another.

3:42 PM, September 18, 2005  
Anonymous Michael said...

I forgot to add - well done for allowing comments on your blog. So many blogs on the right don't do that - what are Michelle Malkin and Glenn Reynolds afraid of, anyway?

3:54 PM, September 18, 2005  
Blogger clint said...


I agree that she likely didn't want to attend this meeting -- that's what I meant by "politely declined." However, with a significant fraction of the most powerful heads of state and foreign ministers in New York for a meeting... I have little trouble believing that she will be involved in something more important than meeting than the foreign ministers of Lichtenstein, Macedonia, Barbados, Mozambique, Guinea, Burundi, and so on to discuss how hard it is being a powerful woman.

As to Pakistan... I'm not sure you understand the use of sanctions. Pakistan has stopped selling nukes abroad -- mission accomplished. It's not customary to sanction those who have already agreed to your terms. At the moment, Iran is working on developing nuclear weapons, has declared its intentions to continue doing so, and most recently has declared its intentions to spread the technology to others if we do something outrageous like "refer the matter to the Security Council". Unlike Pakistan, they are not ready to play ball. Sanctions would be unlikely to actually bring them to heel (and, in fact, they are very unlikely to be imposed) -- but we have to make the effort.

9:02 PM, September 18, 2005  

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