THINGS THAT MAKE ME GO "HMMMM," BUT SEEM TO MAKE THE PRESS GO "HO HUM"
Now, I'm neither here to defend Assad, nor to devote paeons to the Speaker. Normally speaking, I come to query the speaker, not to praise her.
(Hold your groans.)
But this little tidbit in today's news seems juuuuuuust a bit inconsistent with the Administration's position of a month ago:
"Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice will meet Syria's foreign minister Thursday in the first high-level talks between the two countries in years."Hmmmm. Now I could take issue with the fact that by many definitions, the "Speaker of the House" is a higher level position that "Secretary of State." One's elected, the other appointed. Al Haig's views notwithstanding, one is two breaths from the White House, the other is not. One has enormous influence over national policy, the other
Nor will I take issue with the fact that "President" of Syria seems to my brain to be a higher level position than "Foreign Minister" of Syria. But since it's 15 years since I earned my doctorate in "Syrian Political Hierarchy Studies" I won't leap in on that topic either.
Nah, what I'll stick to are these two simple observations:
1. Cheney Sucks.That's all.
2. The Press Sucks.