Sunday, January 21, 2007

How Rice Uses History Lessons

How Rice Uses History Lessons - "She tends to portray events, particularly the clash between what she calls 'moderation' and 'extremism' in the Middle East, as driven by huge, almost inevitable forces that make diplomacy impractical, or even irrelevant. Critics say such a view has made Washington's top diplomat less flexible in policy making -- and less adept in old-style negotiation and hand-holding, whose results also can be hard to quantify in the short term.

Those who clamor for sitting down with Syria and Iran are out of touch with what Ms. Rice calls 'the underlying forces.'"

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