Get his ass on the phone now!
According to the Associated Press, “Israel’s prime minister said Monday that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was embarrassed by orders to abstain from voting last week on a U.N. truce resolution for Gaza that she helped arrange.”
Olmert boasting about embarrassing Rice was not the worst part of the story. The astounding part of the article was how Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Olmert managed to get her to abstain:
“I said: ‘Get me President Bush on the phone,'” Olmert said in a speech in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon. “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.’ He got off the podium and spoke to me.”
Olmert said he argued that the United States should not vote in favor, and the president then called Rice and told her not to do so.
I wonder how much of this was exaggeration by Olmert and how much of it was as happened.
Regardless of the side you are on, if any of this is true, does it not concern you tax-paying Americans the fact the head of state of a foreign country having so much clout over a departing lame duck President of this country, who does not even have to worry about being re-elected?
The Prime Minister of a sovereign state that receives more than $3 billion of aid from us annually, bragging in public how he was able to get our President right off the podium in the middle of his speech, and was able to redirect our foreign policy at his whim.
Amazing. Simply Amazing.