On his business ties to Qatar Rudy actually defends an Arabic country which is an ally in the War on Terror. He goes on and on about his views on how to expand alliances with friendly Arabic regimes. He and Russert debate who exactly pays the Gilliani security services bills but Rudy persists and comes back to his point about the importance of helping allies in war on terrorism. Rudy is now laughing at Russert as we march through his business relationships with Chavez and others. Rudy wades through some minituae and corrects several mistakes Russert makes in idnetifying who exactly his firm represents. My eyes are glazing and I think this is a valid issue but we really learned nothing in this. I don’t see any scratches on Rudy( but Russert looks very grouchy).
UPDATE: On Kerik, Rudy says ” I made a mistake. It is my responsibility.” Russert does around and around for awhile. Being a lawyer Rudy get into the weeds on these things to explain, for example, what someone’s meeting note said (eye glazing ensues) but reiterates he made a mistake. What is most striking is the demeanor- Russert looks more peeved than Rudy who seems almost breezy about this.
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