It came a little late, and truth be told, I like Eric Pfeiffer, our correspondence, such as it is, has been quite friendly, but the National Review Online "Buzz" blog writer really dropped the ball here. He quotes from Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who spoke to the New York Times on Communist China:
(Pfeiffer): Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told the New York Times that China must make “significant structural changes” in its economic policies to avoid remaining “a problem for the international economy.” Rice said the White House is also concerned about China’s military buildup, its human rights record, and restrictions on religious freedom. The Times writes:
Her unusually sharp criticism was a clear indication of the administration's ambivalence and frustration with China, even as officials prepare for a state visit next month by the president of China, Hu Jintao, his first visit since taking office in 2003. …
"The relationship with China is just big and complicated, and it's got good parts and it's got not so good parts," [Rice] said. "But what we are trying to stay focused on is the understanding that China is going to be influential in international politics one way or another. It's a major power, and it's going to be an even more major power."
Pfeiffer titled the post, “Rice Talks Tough on China.” If this is what he considers tough talk, he more than deserves today’s dubious honor.