507838145_3440d7cf1a_m.jpgWhy is the United States of America taking orders from Israel?

In an unusually public rebuke, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel said Monday that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had been forced to abstain from a United Nations resolution on Gaza that she helped draft, after Mr. Olmert placed a phone call to President Bush.

“I said, ‘Get me President Bush on the phone,’ ” Mr. Olmert said in a speech in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, according to The Associated Press. “They said he was in the middle of giving a speech in Philadelphia. I said I didn’t care: ‘I need to talk to him now,’ ” Mr. Olmert continued. “He got off the podium and spoke to me.”

Like a Hollywood studio mogul dressing down some weaselly talent agent.

And it gets better:

He [Bush] was taken off the podium and brought to a side room. I spoke with him; I told him: You can’t vote for this proposal.

He said: Listen, I don’t know, I didn’t see, don’t know what it says.

I told him: I know, and you can’t vote for it!

He then instructed the secretary of state, and she did not vote for it. 

And here’s the best part (other than the fact Bush was totally clueless). Rice drafted the resolution Olmert killed — and then Olmert rubbed her nose in it.

"She was left shamed. A resolution that she prepared and arranged, and in the end she did not vote in favour," Olmert said in a speech in the southern town of Ashkelon.

This is a big scandal, right? That a foreign leader can order the President of the United States to undercut our own Secretary of State at the UN? Nah.

The craziest thing about this is the silence of the jingosphere. Had this been any other nation bossing around Bush’s Secretary of State, or, god forbid, France, can you imagine the wingnut Voltron that would have been formed in outrage? As it is, crickets.

Naturally, the White House is denying this.

But then you have to ask, why is one of our supposedly closest allies publicly humiliating the President and Secretary of State?