A View From The Handbasket

Sunday, October 14, 2007
Rice enters glass house, throws stones
Posted by neros_fiddle at 2:13 PM
I have written at length here before about the truly radical ways our President has attempted (and largely succeeded) in either neutering or ignoring the checks and balances baked into the American government, and pursuing his own agenda free from legislative or judicial interference. I won't recap yet again, but suggesting that the Bush administration isn't in favor of a disproportionately powerful executive branch is akin to suggesting that Willie Nelson isn't in favor of smoking weed.

Which, come to think of it, is the recreational activity Condoleezza Rice must think we've all been indulging in if she thinks this is at all credible:

The Russian government under Vladimir Putin has amassed so much central authority that the power-grab may undermine Moscow's commitment to democracy, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Saturday.

"In any country, if you don't have countervailing institutions, the power of any one president is problematic for democratic development," Rice told reporters after meeting with human-rights activists.

"I think there is too much concentration of power in the Kremlin. I have told the Russians that. Everybody has doubts about the full independence of the judiciary. There are clearly questions about the independence of the electronic media and there are, I think, questions about the strength of the Duma," said Rice, referring to the Russian parliament.

Between this and Bush's "transparency" lecture I discussed a couple weeks ago, I think there's an internal contest going in in depths of the West Wing to see who can get the most ridiculous hypocrisy in the mouth of an administration official. If we see Robert Gates give a speech on the inadvisability of unilateral military strikes based on false premises, we'll know the game is on. (A cookie to anyone who can dig one up. Anything before he became SecDef doesn't count.)

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