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October 19, 2007

Hole In The Roadmap


Taking a break from cajoling intransigent and increasingly resentful Israeli and Palestinian leaders toward a fantasy peace conference, Condi made a symbolic visit the Church of the Nativity (said to be the birthplace of Jesus) in Bethlehem.  Looking to the West Bank town to provide a “model for reconciliation,” the photo itself runs completely counter.

Where do you even start with the allusions here:  She doesn’t know where she’s going? She’s leading the process into a black hole?  She’s operating in the dark?  And then, isn’t the first lesson you learn in Secretary of State 101 that you never make any move unless its already been staked out by your advance team?  (A mistake we saw just last week when Condi got played by Putin.)

I can see the attraction of retreat into Christian territory. Over their heads and out of their element, all that leftover conservative piety is still good for a detour.  With all the pressure on the region, however, there is a sense now that Rice’s raising of expectations might actually swing the other way.

That risk makes the picture that much more salient.  Typically, Condi’s gestural diplomacy, as she hops from place to place, mostly plays out as a barely noticeable sideshow.  This time, however — as the image implies — Condi’s questionable leadership has a much a chance to unbalance an already unsteady situation.

(image: David Furst. October 17, 2006. Bethlehem.

  • Gasho

    Oh, yes.
    Condi, the darling of the “Speaker to Jesus”, Bush; visiting the Holyland itself. She seems oh so comfortable in her holyness doesn’t she? Entering a sanctuary of such stature feels like gliding into the womb of comfort and ease.. or not.
    She looks as if she’s tempting fate in one of those lion infested pits from the old book. Surely, God almighty can’t be happy with the neo-cons of the 21’st century’s dawn, lets face it. The biblical story that’s going to include Rice, Bush and Cheney, Rove, Gonzales and Petreaus is not one that ends on a happy note.

  • Dick Durata

    I thank God she won’t bump her head.

  • lytom

    My first thought was there is a “break” in the wall… that it is actually a tunnel to freedom and rice is venturing into it. Wow.
    Then, she is definitely dressed in white and very careful to have lot of clearance over her head, even gets instructions from the back. Not much bravado from that angle.

  • Blake Incarnate

    Definately more of a tourist than a pilgrim. If “IT GURL” was fair and balanced, it would be accompanied by christians, jews and muslims, not two lesbian cohorts.

  • EvilPoet

    There’s a Hole In The Roadmap*
    There’s a hole in the roadmap,
    Dear Condi, dear Condi
    There’s a hole in the roadmap,
    Dear Condi, there’s a hole.
    Then fix it, dear Dubya,
    Dear Dubya, dear Dubya
    Then fix it, dear Dubya,
    Dear Dubya, fix it.
    With what shall I fix it,
    Dear Condi, dear Condi?
    With what shall I fix it,
    Dear Condi, with what?
    With a straw, dear Dubya,
    Dear Dubya, dear Dubya
    With a straw, dear Dubya,
    Dear Dubya, with a straw
    YeeeeHA! Excellent idea! Thanks Condi!
    *Sung to the tune of There’s a Hole in the Bucket

  • Asta

    Come on girls, just give her a good shove and roll the boulder back over the entrance.
    It would be a good start.

  • iforfi

    Duck your head. Come on in.
    See what’s here.
    A great song that was putz’d up by MTV.
    Yeah. Let’s roll the rock back over the entrance!

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