Rice Offers The New Face Of American Foreign Policy (And It's Not Happy)
"Oh, I so don't want to be here."
"I can't believe what we have wrought."
"This is the longest day of my life."
You could come up with a lot of captions for this photo, taken following a 15-nation "crisis talk" on the fight between Israel and the terrorist group Hezbollah, which failed to produce much of anything -- not even an agreement to call for a ceasefire.
This is the face of American foreign policy, at least for the current news cycle. Ineffectual, defeated, frustrated at the lack of consensus.
What's worse, Rice left the crisis talks in Rome to fly to Malaysia. She didn't rule out a return trip to the Middle East.
Back in 1973, President Nixon's Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, spent roughly 40 consecutive days conducting “shuttle diplomacy” — meeting repeatedly with each party — to negotiate “disengagement agreements" between Israel, Syria, and Egypt following the Yom Kippur War. Rice barely spent 40 hours this week.
In sports parlance, Kissinger threw a complete game, while Rice failed to record a single out.
The U.S. can, and should, do better. Whatever Rice had intended to do in Malaysia can be handled by Assistant Secretary David Welch. Rice needs to change the face of American foreign policy now.