They say the buildings fell like controlled demolitions. Go to their web site for video and analysis.
When talks ended Tuesday between Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Putin agreed to stop comparing U.S. tactics to Nazi Germany (Putin denounced “claims to global exclusiveness… just as it was in the time of the Third Riech.”). Russia doesn’t like that the U.S. is planning to set up missile systems right next door in Poland and the Czech Republic. The U.S. says the missiles are aimed at Iran. Russia sees them as a direct threat. Some see the beginning of a new cold war. Loaded terminology aside, America is making another enemy out of an ally.
Condoleezza Rice really showed off her diplomacy skills by leaving the talks with nothing accomplished, and with a snarky comment:
“The US needs to move forward to use technology to defend itself and we’re going to do that. I don’t think that anyone expects the US to permit a veto on American security interests.”
I think Iran would probably say the same thing about why they want the bomb. Gee, did I just compare the current US administration with that of a fanatic? I guess I did.
But the U.S. had a hard time finding a country that would accept these new missile bases. Italians protested. The Czechs have protested too, but they have an acrimonious past with Russia and maybe would like to see missiles aimed at Putin (uh, Iran). Poland never objected to U.S. missile bases on their soil. They hate the Russians more than the Czechs do. So are those missiles going to be aimed at Russia? Not “aimed”, they’re just going to fly over Russia. Fly over. To hit a missile that is also flying over Russia. That came from Iran. Get it?
By the way, Condi and Putin were supposed to get their pictures taken together after the talks just outside of Moscow. The Russians cancelled the event.
Katie Couric shared a “page from her notebook” today on the radio, as she does periodically. The pearl that dropped out today was that George W. Bush is having a white-tie gala for Queen Elizabeth. Katie says he didn’t want to do it, but Laura and Condi twisted his arm.
“I think it’s interesting that the dinner is happening at all,” said Katie. “It shows that a president not known for flexibility can be persuaded to try new things.”
So, Katie Couric says that now that Bush can be talked into having a party, look for flexibility on Iraq.
Click here to hear the entire 52 seconds of stunning insight. Scroll down to Katie Couric’s notebook.
Paris Hilton is shocked she got 45 days in jail for violating her probation… 3 times. The LA Times reported Saturday that she sobbed, “I don’t know what happened,” when she was sentenced. The thing is, after she was cited for drunk driving, they asked her not to drive. And she drove. And was caught. Three times. She was late for her hearing, too. Dumb ass. Her lawyer raved about how Ms. Hilton has been singled out for punishment. Yeah, the city DA usually singles people out who violate the law repeatedly.
I’m reminded of a story a while back when dainty Paris peed in the back of a taxi. She just really had to pee! What’s a rich drunk to do? She peed, paid the fare and pretended it never happened. But the cab driver reminded her, when he called the next day, that her pee, of course, contained her DNA. He had sopped it up with a towel. And he had saved it. So she’d better pay to have his taxi cleaned.