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FOX News’ Iraq Fantasyland

Reported by Ellen - May 25, 2006

Sean Hannity took time out of his urgent job defending the Duke Lacrosse team in order to a lengthy interview with Condoleezza Rice last night (5/24/06) on Hannity & Colmes.

Despite reports from respected war veterans such as Rep. John Murtha (more on him in the next post), Rice was positively glowing about the wonderful things we have accomplished in the Middle East. She acknowledged that “we’ve still got a lot of work to do,” but, she said, “We’re making progress in spreading freedom in the Middle East.”

Hannity may have signaled that even HE thinks the war should end when he asked, “Do you see an end in sight emerging now in Iraq?”

Rice answered, “I certainly see that the Iraqis have now developed the political process and the political system that means that the Iraqis are now going to be in control of their future. I think we’re always going to be supporting and be friends of this government, a government that will be the first true constitutional democracy in the Arab world, a government that will be a fierce fighter in the war on terrorism for which we still have a lot of work to do. We’re going to have to be there to support them but not in the way that we have in the past. I see a very big change in the way that we have to support them…

“Now they finally have a permanent government. We are a long way from the governing council at the beginning, shortly after the liberation of Iraq… Now we have a government that is going to be in office for four years, that clearly sees its responsibility as governing. It has security forces that are making strides in being able to take over security functions. Most importantly all Iraqis – Sunny, Shi’a, and Kurds and other groups are really represented by this government… If we’re successful and I fully believe that we will be and the Iraqis will be successful, this will completely change the Middle East… Now they’re going through a kind of important rejuvenation of culture, of the people’s rights. It’s hard, as big historical changes always are. But imagine that in the center of their culture, in Baghdad, a place that has a history as long as the culture of the Middle East itself, that you have a stable, multi-ethnic, democratic government that is a friend of the United States. And just think how different that is than just a few years ago… You don’t have to be much of a visionary to look just a few years further down the road and see that that kind of stable Iraq could make the Middle East as different as we left Europe after WWII.”

Sean Hannity seemed to believe every word.

Oh, one other thing... Rice also told Hannity that she absolutely, positively is not interested in being president or vice president. "You actually can't do that as a reluctant person... It has to be somebody who wants to do that. And my life is just different. I see my strengths as different. I see my desires as different."

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