When Qaddafi Met Condi

The Pentagon finally released its annual report to Congress yesterday on China’s military might. Citing questions about how China intends to use its growing military capabilities, the report sheds light on Beijing’s naval power and advanced weaponry, which could extend the rising power's reach. China’s state news agency Xinhua responded that the report “exaggerated the threat incurred by China's military development in 2010 to the Asia-Pacific region.”

Earlier this week, Syria sent a note of protest to the United States to voice its concerns about Ambassador Robert Ford’s recent unauthorized trip outside of Damascus. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland reiterated yesterday that Ford is just trying to do his job: “We have continued to make clear to the Syrians that they have obligations under the Vienna Convention to allow diplomats in their country to do their job, which includes the ability to travel.”

And move over, Hillary Clinton. Muammar Qaddafi only has eyes for former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice. Rice, who visited Libya in 2008, seems to have made quite an impression. One of the items found at Colonel Qaddafi’s compound, which has been overtaken by rebels, was a photo album chock-full of photos of Condi. Even before her visit, Qaddafi said of the then-secretary of state, “I admire and am very proud of the way she leans back and gives orders to the Arab leaders. . . . I admire her and I'm proud of her because she's a black woman of African origin.”