Good To Know Who’s Really in Charge Here

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert showed his hand — or perhaps another part of his anatomy — when he told the Associated Press yesterday that he had forced Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice to abstain from voting on a UN resolution on Gaza that she helped to draft.

“I said, ‘Get me President Bush on the phone,’ ” Mr. Olmert said in a speech in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, according to The Associated Press. “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,’ ” Mr. Olmert continued. “He got off the podium and spoke to me.”

Israel opposed the resolution, which called for a halt to the fighting in Gaza, because the government said it did not provide for Israel’s security. It passed 14 to 0, with the United States abstaining.

Mr. Olmert claimed that once he made his case to Mr. Bush, the president called Ms. Rice and told her to abstain. “She was left pretty embarrassed,” Mr. Olmert said, according to The A.P.

The State Department disputes this account, of course.  I guess Mr. Olmert just got carried away and forgot he wasn’t supposed to tell that part of the story.  Stay classy, Ehud.

5 Responses to “Good To Know Who’s Really in Charge Here”

  1. Del says:

    Well, if Bush walked off the podium in the middle of a speech, surely we’d have some record of that? Maybe it didn’t happen exactly the way Ehud says.

  2. Rick says:

    The Israel tail has been wagging the American dog for sixty years. That’s nothing new.

  3. Kathy says:

    Maybe it didn’t happen exactly the way Ehud says.

    It may not have. Surely W would at least finish his speech before he rushed to the phone. What annoyed me most was Olmert’s “she was left pretty embarrassed” comment. Arrogant jerk! It would be nice if his, um, candor led to a re-thinking of what sometimes seems to be the US government’s blind support for the Israeli government’s less savory policies.

    (Actually, I did hear on NPR that the Bush administration last year put the brakes on Israel’s proposed attacks on Iranian nuclear sites, so at least the most extreme harebrained schemes get vetoed. Olmert wanted the US to supply a bunch of 5,000-pound bombs and let the Israeli Air Force fly over Iraq, and there were civilians in the administration who thought it was a fine plan, but Pentagon personnel thought it was crazy.)

  4. Joe says:

    But wouldn’t it have been nice if Bush had left the podium in all of his speeches.

  5. Kathy says:

    But wouldn’t it have been nice if Bush had left the podium in all of his speeches.

    Oh yeah. But then he wouldn’t have been able to torture the English language. And we all know how he loves torture.

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