Sometimes I feel back for Condaleeza Rice. It's not easy when you think about how successful her career was before she became the secretary of state for the most hated president in U.S. history. When she looks back at her time in office and sees all the things she didn't accomplish, all the idiotic moves she was forced to endorse and promote, she must wonder why she ever left the ivory tower of academia.
But, like every good politician coming to the end of their public career, she's become obsessed with creating a legacy. Not content with being remembered as the first black woman secretary of state, she has made it her priority to be remembered as the secretary who created the state of Palestine.
Really, even a casual understanding of modern Middle Eastern history is all you need to quickly realize that there will never be a real state of Palestine. The so-called Palestinians are incapable of running a mail service, let alone a government. Their leadership is not interested in having a state except if it can serve as a platform to militarily attack Israel. The other 22 Arab states don't have an interest in creating Palestine unless, again, it's part of the attack against Israel and if, God forbid, that succeeds, they'll have no interest in keeping it around.
But Condi, well she just doesn't see that. In her irrational world, the creation of a terrorist state run by petty and well-armed thugs in Yehudah, Shomron and Aza will bring Iran into the family of nations, end the insurgency in Iraq, raise literacy rates amongst the Arabs above the single digit percentage range and take care of global warming.
In any other field, she's be dismissed as an intellectual gone stupid. Bu so great is the Israeli desire for peace, and the Bush administration's desire to be remembered as more than a Saturday Night Live punchline, that her views are actually getting real air time.
Fortunately, it is unlikely that she will get to carry out her views, if only because Hamas won't stop shooting rockets long enough for her to be able to say "See? They're ready for peace!" to the Israelis.