(and fails miserably)
For sheer, unadulterated real-politik, Condi Rice takes the cake today. She says people should be more patient with the Bush regime's experiments in empire, dismissing the death, destruction and chaos in Iraq as just "ups and downs". Not to mention "twists and turns".
And she defends the new Iraqi leaders because at least they haven't legalized slavery!
And so far, said Rice, an African-American, Iraq's postwar leaders have not made a compromise comparable to the one by the framers of the U.S. Constitution, who "made my ancestors three-fifths of a man."
Can you believe that?
First of all, there are a lot of African-Americans who would like to completely disown both Condi Rice and Colin Powell.
Secondly, there are a lot of people who would argue that the corporate capitalist culture that Bush & Co have in mind for ordinary Iraqis amounts to little more than modern-day slavery, especially when it is propped up by an unrepresentative, unelected and unwanted US-puppet government.