Our gal Condi:
In an exclusive interview to air tonight on “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” NBC’s David Gregory speaks with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice about the war in Iraq, the crisis in the Middle East, and the current situation in Cuba.
In reaction to Sen. Hillary Clinton’s comments about United States policy in Iraq, she says, “I do not believe it’s failing.” Secretary Rice also tells Gregory that Iraq is not sliding towards a civil war.
…and she should know because —I’m sorry. What? This just in:
General John Abizaid, the top U.S. commander in the Middle East, said that fighting in Baghdad is at its highest level and threatens to push Iraq into civil war.
“The sectarian violence is probably as bad as I’ve seen it, in Baghdad in particular,” Abizaid told the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington. “If not stopped, Iraq could slide into civil war.”
Members of the panel shared his fear. Committee Chairman John Warner of Virginia said he is “gravely concerned” by the spike in violence, sectarian attacks and instability in the Iraq’s capital.
“The situation is very fragile,” Warner, a Republican, said. “Baghdad could literally tilt this thing if it fails.”
You just know that there is an unread report about this sitting on Condi’s desk beneath a stack of Jimmy Choo catalogs bristling with post-it stickers.