One: US-backed Hamid Karzai probably wins a non-election after opponent Abdullah Abdullah pulls out over the prospects of another fraud-laced vote … this after the US demanded another election to add clarity to the horse they’ve always backed. One black eye.
Two: the only memorable moment in Clinton’s stay-over in Pakistan is the unforgettable phrase by a TV presenter, to much applause, referring to the raining-down of US drones on her country: “You had one 9/11. We are having daily 9/11s in Pakistan.” Two black eyes.
Three: From Reuters —
Pointing an accusing finger at the United States, the Palestinians on Sunday said Washington’s backing for Israeli refusal to halt Jewish settlement expansion had killed any hope of reviving peace negotiations soon.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, buoyed by new-found support from the Obama administration, urged the Palestinians to “get a grip” and drop their settlement freeze precondition for restarting talks suspended since December.
On a one-day Middle East visit on Saturday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton endorsed Israel’s view that settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank should not be a bar to resuming negotiations — contradicting the Palestinian position. A concussion.
Result? Pissed of Afghans; pissed off Pakistanis; pissed off Palestinians; pissed of Arabs; pissed of Americans (I hope); pissed off world and the further embolden of Benjamin Netanyahu — great for the Israel lobby; emboldening of terrorists — great for the recruiting drive.
Nice work Secretary of State. We get it. You kow how to deliver the Bush foreign policy.