Melanie Phillips on Condi Rice and the return of "realism"

She’s got two killer excerpts from the JPost to buttress her case, but this recent exchange from Cal Thomas’s radio show (as reprinted in Mark Steyn’s latest column) makes the point even plainer. The problem with realists: they don’t live in reality.

“The great majority of Palestinian people,” said the secretary of state to Cal Thomas the other day, “they just want a better life. This is an educated population. I mean, they have a kind of culture of education and a culture of civil society. I just don’t believe mothers want their children to grow up to be suicide bombers. I think the mothers want their children to grow up to go to university. And if you can create the right conditions, that’s what people are going to do.”

Cal Thomas asked a sharp follow-up: “Do you think this or do you know this?”

“Well, I think I know it,” said Dr. Rice.

“You think you know it?”

“I think I know it.”

Ahmadinejad said today he’s ready, willing, and able to help us out in Iraq. All we have to do is stay out of Iran’s way.

Update: Tammy Bruce introduces Condi to reality.