At least it is nice to know that Condoleezza Rice isn’t doing any showy grandstanding in a vain attempt to win a Nobel Peace prize:
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sought to buttress Lebanon’s fragile democratic government Monday after nearly two weeks of warfare, making this stricken capital a surprise first stop on a high-stakes Mideast diplomatic mission.
At the same time, the Bush administration announced it was sending humanitarian aid.
Rice’s visit marked the first high-level U.S. diplomatic mission to the area since fighting erupted on July 12. But she disappointed Lebanese leaders who had hoped her lightning trip would hasten a cease-fire in the fighting between Israel and the Hezbollah militants in Lebanon that has claimed hundreds of civilians’ lives.
”Thank you for your courage and steadfastness,” she told Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora, who has repeatedly asked for international help in bringing a halt to cross-border Israeli-Hezbollah shelling. Rice flew next to Jerusalem but made clear that she would not pressure Israeli leaders for an immediate cease-fire during meetings Monday and Tuesday.
This is kind of the equivalent of promising someone bandaids while your best friend, who you just got stinking drunk, punches them repeatedly in the face.