On the Plane

Rice-Blair Meeting Is Scrubbed

BERLIN, May 29 -- London not calling.

After we departed Washington and spoke to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice abut her trip, a few eyebrows were raised when she failed to mention her planned London stop during this week's European tour. The overnight London visit had been added at the last minute, apparently so she could have one last chat with outgoing Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Sure enough, after the trip briefing, aides came back to tell reporters that the London stop was being dropped, so Rice would fly straight home after her meetings in Madrid. "Scheduling issues" were apparently the problem. It wasn't clear who had the tight schedule, but returning to Washington Friday night rather than Saturday afternoon will give the busy Secretary a full weekend free. She departs for Panama early Monday morning.

-- Glenn Kessler

In Wednesday's Post: Rice Cautions Israel on Syria.

By washingtonpost.com Editors |  May 30, 2007; 7:43 AM ET  | Trip:  Rice in Europe, May 2007
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"returning to Washington Friday night rather than Saturday afternoon will give the busy Secretary a full weekend free. She departs for Panama early Monday morning."

Yes, she needs to buy some more shoes in NY.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 30, 2007 8:50 AM

Anyone who is familiar with the role of the secretary of state knows that he/she is not responsible for domestic matters. Therefore this notion that she is negligent because she bought a pair of shoes in NYC during Hurricane Katrina is moot.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 30, 2007 9:10 AM

Could it be possible that she didn't get the PDB on their meeting?

Posted by: Rudini | May 30, 2007 9:27 AM

Could Sec. Rice's visit to the shoe stores possibly have been cut short during the Katrina disaster by dealing with all the foreign offers of help that the administration rejected?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 30, 2007 11:04 AM

I believe she rushed back in disgust over not getting the World Bank nod. After all, what's she going to do after January 2009? As National Security Adviser, she was asleep at the switch on 9/11. Her top reputation and credentials have been ruined by her association with the present Government's catastrophic goofs.

Posted by: Jason Langwicke | May 30, 2007 12:32 PM

"Could Sec. Rice's visit to the shoe stores possibly have been cut short during the Katrina disaster by dealing with all the foreign offers of help that the administration rejected?"

Posted by: | May 30, 2007 11:04 AM

Bingo! We have a winnah!

Posted by: djteller2000 | May 30, 2007 1:13 PM

Scrubbed meeting? Wow, an actual cost-cutting event from the administration.

Thank you.

Posted by: Mark C. | May 30, 2007 2:21 PM

By being a less than average performer in a disastrous administration, she rates a straight "F" - unless you review her shopping skills. The only credit this administration has is a generous tax credit for a portion of the population - She cannot claim any involvement with the only success of the Bush presidency.

Posted by: Richard | May 30, 2007 8:02 PM

A quick glance at the list of Medal Of Freedom recipients indicates that The Mushroom Cloud Girl rates lower than such distinguished and successful Bush cohorts as Tommy Franks, Paul Bremer, and George Tenet, as all have been awarded this grand mark for their blundering job performance. Granted, US foreign policy rates just about zilch these days, but that kind of standing usually assures a ticket to a Medal Of Freedom in the view of the Great Decider. One quails to think of the super blunder Condi must yet contrive to qualify her for the coveted Medal.

Posted by: gargoyle22 | May 30, 2007 11:05 PM

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