Saturday, October 13, 2007

Change is change

Former Gen. Ricardo Sanchez calls the “surge” “a desperate attempt by the administration that has not accepted the political and economic realities of this war.” Desperate. Where have I heard that word before?

Speaking of unintentional irony (and aren’t we always?), Condi Rice, on a diplomatic mission to Russia (if by diplomatic you mean being kept waiting 30 minutes by Vladimir Putin before he yells at you and threatens to pull out of yet another arms-control treaty) (WaPo: “Rice and Gates sat impassively through the monologue for about eight minutes, with Rice in particular looking annoyed.” Doesn’t she always?), met with some dissidents and expressed her concern about the increasing centralization of power in Russia: “In any country, if you don’t have countervailing institutions, the power of any one president is problematic for democratic development”. Yeah, I wonder what that would be like.

She did, however, say that the transition of power from President Putin to Prime Minister Putin will probably be smooth: “But I would just caution that change is change.” That sort of profound thinking is why she’s the secretary of state, and you’re not.

Gov. Schwarzenegger signed a bill banning employers from implanting radio-frequency identification devices under the skin of their employees, and vetoed (again) gay marriage. There’s probably a clever and incredibly dirty way to connect those two, but I am too pure of heart to imagine what it might be.

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