Just hours after Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a surprise visit to Beirut to confer with Lebanese officials, Dr. Rice found that her efforts were largely upstaged by the high-wattage amateur diplomacy of the two global superstars.
"When I saw the conflict in the Middle East spiraling out of control, I recognized that there were only two parties who could sit down at a negotiating table and bring peace to the region," Ms. Jolie told reporters today at a press conference in Jerusalem. "And those two parties were me and Bono."
After reaching out to Bono to make her historic offer of a lasting peace, Ms. Jolie dropped off her infant child Shiloh Jolie-Pitt with a babysitter in Namibia and jetted for the Middle East.
But even as Ms. Jolie and Bono signed their landmark Mideast peace accord, representatives from both Israel and Hezbollah complained that neither of them had been consulted "at all" about the terms of the agreement.
"That's true, we did not consult them," Ms. Jolie told reporters. "We thought long and hard about it, and Bono and I came to the conclusion that Israel and Hezbollah would only screw things up."
Elsewhere, while hospitalized due to his hunger strike, former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein demanded that doctors remove his feeding tube because it was interfering with his ability to make incoherent anti-American outbursts.
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