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Yes, I talk too much. by Russ Goble
 

Thursday, October 03, 2002  

The Rice Doctrine: That's what this writer calls what is usually referred to as the Bush Doctrine. This is a great read and explains why the current foreign policy is actually a typical conservative foreign policy. It's nothing particularly new or dramatic. This says that Condoleezza Rice basically outlined the main points of our current foreign policy way back in 2000. A couple of points:

1. Unfortunately, it will always be known as the Bush Doctrine whether this writer likes it or not. Most "doctrines" which is what every president's foreign policy gets labeled is always the product of many policy wonks with the president making the final call on what the policy is going to actually be. So, for the sake of argument, it's going to get called the Bush Doctrine, as in the foreign policy doctrine of the Bush administration. That's my only quibble with this otherwise excellent article.

2. Am I the only one who notices the historical significance of the fact that U.S. foreign policy is being written primarily by a black woman? Sure, Colin Powell (a black man, which is significant itself), Rumsfeld, Cheney and Wolfowitz have major input, but it's clear that Bush places the utmost confidence in Dr. Rice and that she, by most accounts, is the most influential part of his inner circle. Given that the U.S. is currently the most powerful nation in the world and arguably in the history of the world, I don't think it's hyperbole to note that Condoleezza Rice is the most powerful black person and one of the most powerful women in the history of the world. If she were a Democrat, she'd have been on the cover of just about every magazine in the country by now for that reason. Unfortunately, she's a black conservative, and giving Rice her due might actually lead African-Americans to think being a black conservative isn't so out of the ordinary after all. Can't have that can we.
10:00 AM

 

This is a great take on Clinton's speech to the Labour Party. I think I like their interpretation better than the actual transcript.

Speaking of that transcript. Clinton said this in jest I'm sure. Unfortunately, it's too true to be funny: "When the Prime Minister spoke yesterday I thought to myself, 'I hope I'll be able to give a speech like that when I grow up' " - Bill Clinton, at the Labour Party Conference yesterday.
7:59 AM

 

You know, nothing displays the last administration's immaturity like their obsession with hanging out with Hollywood. These are frickin world leaders and they want their buddy's to be the likes of Barbara Streisand. Anyway, what got me thinking of this, is Clinton is travelling in Europe (wow...big surprise there. He's like a 2nd rate rock band..."I'm big in Europe."). His companion in these travels (which included speaking to the British Labour Party) is Kevin Spacey. KEVIN SPACEY. It gets better. Gore's speech last week was at least partially co-authored by Rob Reiner? ROB REINER is helping Al Gore write speeches on the single most important issue of our time? Reiner was great as Meathead and by all accounts is a good screenwriter and director, but Al could have gotten more qualified help. Clinton and Gore are like teenage school girls where Hollywood elites are concerned.
7:55 AM

 
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