As I read about the gathering debacle in Annapolis, I can’t help but think how far Condoleeza Rice’s star has fallen. It’s been a long time since I have read any positive reviews of her, or discussions of her political future. I think she got too caught up in ends instead of means, hence Annapolis. The goal is clearly not to push any particular national security interest or principle, but just to get some people to show up and sign a document that will be irrelevant trivia before the ink is dry. Is that a function of how diplomacy is done in today’s milieu, or was Rice not strong enough to avoid getting sucked in to the State Department alternate reality?
UPDATE: There’s still one person carrying the torch.