Friday, January 06, 2006

Rice Cancels Trip To Indonesia

Why? Check out the info in this AP article:

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice canceled a six-day trip to Indonesia and Australia on Friday, amid uncertainty over the condition of ailing Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

"She decided because of the situation in the Middle East, it was the right decision to stay here in Washington," said State Department spokesman Sean McCormack. Rice had planned to leave Saturday.

Sharon, 77, remained in serious condition at an Israeli hospital after suffering a massive stroke on Wednesday. Sharon underwent a third brain surgery Friday morning and was expected to remain in a medically induced coma until at least Sunday.

If Sharon were to die, Rice would probably attend the funeral in Jerusalem, although McCormack did not mention that possibility.

U.S. officials have been careful not to publicly predict that Sharon will not return to power. Rice's travel decision is the clearest sign yet that U.S. officials consider his recovery unlikely.

I don't think this adds up. Indonesia doesn't have anything to do with the Middle East conflict. And, one would assume that if Condi was concerned that she might have to head off to a funeral, that she could simply take her mourning clothes with her to Indonesia.

Could it be that Sharon is already dead? Or, could it be that the Bush Administration is concerned for the safety of the Secretary of State in the wake of a possible blowup in the Middle East?