Condoleeza Rice’s recent visit to Russia has ended in failure. It’s not surprising when you consider that nothing Rice has done since her promotion to Secretary of State has ended any other way. In fact, the same could be said for the whole administration, including the president. Most American presidents, on leaving office, leave a legacy of sorts. Apart from play the role of a modern Emperor Nero, what has George W Bush or his administration achieved in two terms?
Rice’s visit to Russia, billed as a “diplomatic visit”, was more of a farce. ‘Diplomacy’ is not in her dictionary. If she was puzzled by Putin’s apparent coldness towards her country, when she informed him the U.S. intends to pursue the sighting of its missiles in Poland and Czechoslovakia, she might consider this:
Imagine if the boot were on the other foot and Russia had formed an alliance with Canada. Consider a situation where Canada agreed to deploy Russian missiles on its border with the U.S.. The Russian foreign secretary makes a “diplomatic visit” to the American president and tells him the Russian missiles “are nothing to worry about.”
How would the American people expect their president to respond?
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