Sunday, May 21, 2006

Condi's Serene Smile vs. 'Angry' Bloggers

We hear a lot about "angry" bloggers, but very little about the disturbingly lobotomized demeanor of certain administration officials (and ex-officials) -- Cheney, Powell, Gonzales, and Rice come to mind. There's something exceedingly peculiar about their ultracalm delivery and Mona Lisa-like permasmirk, especially when discussing issues like the Iraq war, a bloodbath they helped instigate.

And speaking of Condi, she left something out of this exchange with Tim Russert:
"DR. RICE: I understand that Americans see on their screens violence. They continue to see Americans killed, and we mourn every death. These are very hard things to do. But I would ask that people remember why we are there. We are there because we are trying to—having overthrown a brutal dictator who was a destabilizing force in the Middle East, we’re trying to help the Iraqis create a stable foundation for democracy and a stable foundation for peace."
I seem to recall a different rationale for why we're there:
"Citing Bush administration officials, The New York Times reported Sunday that Iraq tried to buy thousands of high-strength aluminum tubes. The tubes, Rice said, "are only really suited for nuclear weapons programs, centrifuge programs." [CNN, 9/8/2002]


Anonymous cof said...

You inspired me into a video contrasting that-on CanOfun

And I am proud to say I am angry, else I would be passive in the face of lawless steamrolling.

5/21/2006 9:40 PM  
Anonymous dgf said...

Professor Rice resembles, perhaps, no one more than (Louise Fletcher's) Nurse Ratched, of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. The calm, crisp, in-control demeanor; the obvious intelligence; the apparent self-righteousness (and I have little doubt but that all-but-invariably she in fact sees herself right and righteous); the "cold caring" of hers; her trademark condi-sention. . .

5/24/2006 12:26 AM  

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