Another spectacular foreign policy failure of The Mushy Man to get a few more F-16s and dollar bills to fight his bogus war of terror through the attempted seduction of Condoleezza Rice by his stud-muffin Foreign Minister, Shaukat Aziz is now reported to have met with stunning failure.
Twice as Good: Condoleezza Rice and Her Path to Power, by Newsweek chief of correspondents and senior editor Marcus Mabry, says the incident happened during Riceâ€™s first trip to Pakistan in 2005.
â€œWhen Rice sat down with Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, who fancied himself a ladiesâ€™ man, Aziz puffed himself up and held forth in what he obviously thought was his seductive baritone. He bragged â€” to western diplomats, no less â€“ that he could conquer any woman in two minutes,”the author writes.
â€œ(He tried) this Savile Row-suited gigolo kind of charm: â€˜Pakistan is a country of rich traditionsâ€™, staring in (Riceâ€™s) eyesâ€¦. There was this test of wills where he was trying to use all his charms on her as a woman, and she just basically stared him down. By the end of the meeting, he was babbling.
â€œThe Pakistanis were shifting uncomfortably. And his (Azizâ€™s) voice visibly changed,â€ the author wrote.
Evidently, “aankhon ki gustakhiyaan” isn’t “maaf ho” always.
What was Aziz thinking? The “I am a hot love boy” , faster-than-Maggi-noodles line does not work in orkut scrapbooks far less on one of the most powerful women in the world. And nothing gets a rice bowl all steamed up than a gentle reminder of Pakistan’s “rich traditions” of hudood (recently repealed) and sensitivity towards women.
It’s not that Condi has never been kissed. (video here). It’s not that diplomacy doesn’t have a bit of naughtiness. It’s just that our man Aziz played his cards horribly wrong, going for the alpha male, direct approach where a little bit more subtlety and sensitivity could have given him some “enriched uranium” before the night ended.
However it is never too late to learn. So without further comment, I leave for Mr. Aziz two pictures. Just to show how the old “foreign affairs” hands do it.