First it was Ahmadinejad, then Hugo Chavez, and now the Chinese are dissing us and will not return our calls.
From the New York Times:
January 22, 2007
U.S. Tries to Interpret China’s Silence Over Test
By DAVID E. SANGER and JOSEPH KAHN
WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 — Bush administration officials said that they had been unable to get even the most basic diplomatic response from China after their detection of a successful test to destroy a satellite 10 days ago, and that they were uncertain whether China’s top leaders, including President Hu Jintao, were fully aware of the test or the reaction it would engender.
In an interview late Friday, Stephen J. Hadley, President Bush’s national security adviser, raised the possibility that China’s leaders might not have fully known what their military was doing.
Meanwhile, Iran today in a "symbolic act of defiance" barred 38 nuclear inspectors on a United Nations list from entering the country. Officials tried to downplay the situation saying that there are about 200 available inspectors so the 38 really don't matter. I don't think they do either. Iran will get its nuclear program and the UN will continue to draw lines in the sand as Iran steps over them. In December, when it invoked sanctions on Iran, the UN gave them another 60 days to cease enrichment. According to this document, the first round of the EU3-Iran negotiations took place in October 2003. Iran is not listening or cooperating with the world and this situation can only have a bad ending.
Then there was this from the South American big-mouth:
CARACAS, Venezuela — President Hugo Chavez told U.S. officials to "Go to hell, gringos!" and called Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice "missy" on his weekly radio and TV show Sunday, lashing out at Washington for what he called unacceptable meddling in Venezuelan affairs.
The tirade came after Washington raised concerns about a measure to grant the fiery leftist leader broad lawmaking powers. The National Assembly, which is controlled by the president's political allies, is expected to give final approval this week to what it calls the "enabling law," which would give Chavez the authority to pass a series of laws by decree during an 18-month period.
On Friday, U.S. State Department deputy spokesman Tom Casey said Chavez's plans under the law "have caused us some concern."
Chavez rejected Casey's statement in his broadcast, saying: "Go to hell, gringos! Go home!"
On top of all that, insurgents welcomed the arrival of 3,ooo additional "surge" troops with a wave of carnage today which killed another 100 people in Baghdad while domestically the Dems continued to mount an insurgence of their own.
In the immortal words of Rodney Dangerfield, "We can't get no respect."