One may have expected this from Bush, but isn't Rice supposed to be the smart one in the administration?
Witnesses to the brief and cryptic exchange between Rice and Iranian Foreign minister Manouchehr Motakki report that she said to him:
"Your English is better than my Arabic."
While the statement is in itself true, it appears that Ms. Rice thinks that Iranians speak Arabic.
Anyway, before excusing himself because the red dress of a certain violinist was too revealing, Motakki told Rice that:
"In Russia, they eat ice cream in winter because it's warmer than the weather."
The press has offered some intepretation for what this may mean, but I'll leave it open in case anyone wants to try to decipher it on their own.
But I have to admit that for once, the State Department issued a clever statement on the whole thing:
"I don’t know which woman he was afraid of, the woman in the red dress or the secretary of state", State Department spokesman Mr Sean McCormack said.
At the end of the day, though, any civil exchange is better than none. While self-serving extremists in Iran and the U.S. are salivating at the prospect of war, confrontation is detrimental to both nations.
Sometimes in the dead of winter, you have to take a bite out of that ice-cream cone.