Since Israel began its latest culling of Palestinian populations, Condi Rice has been trying to persuade the U.N Security Council to agree on a resolution for a cease fire. I haven’t been impressed with her efforts towards peace in the region, but I don’t think she wants history remembering these atrocities going on as she leaves as her legacy.
She had finally succeeded and was planning on leading the vote, well… I’ll let Ehud Olmert, the Prime Minister of Israel tell the story:
“In the night between Thursday and Friday, when the secretary of state wanted to lead the vote on a cease-fire at the Security Council, we did not want her to vote in favor.
“I said, ‘Get me President Bush on the phone.’ They said he was in the middle of giving a speech in Philadelphia. I said I didn’t care. ‘I need to talk to him now.’ He got off the podium and spoke to me.
“He (Bush) said: ‘Listen. I don’t know about it. I didn’t see it. I’m not familiar with the phrasing.”
“I told him the United States could not vote in favor. It cannot vote in favor of such a resolution. He immediately called the secretary of state and told her not to vote in favor. …
“He (Bush) gave an order to the secretary of state, and she did not vote in favor of it — a resolution she cooked up, phrased, organized and maneuvered for. She was left pretty shamed. …”
The white house claims there were “inaccuracies” in the story. That is one of the weakest denials I’ve heard. I’m not at all surprised to hear this kind of thing happens, but for the Prime Minister to come out and publicly gloat about it is not only in extremely poor taste, but I would be shocked if it didn’t blow up in his face. I imagine Bush is having some regrets about our ‘alliance’.