If there's been one trait that has distinguished Condoleeza Rice's eight years of service with the Bush administration, it's her ability to completely ignore reality and spin whatever fantasy best suits the boss - and do it with a straight face.
Her latest, according to BBC News, is to proclaim that the policies of George w. Bush have left the Middle East a better place.
Asked to assess the outgoing US administration's legacy, she said she was especially proud of the situation in the Palestinian territories.
She insisted that what she called a US-inspired "freedom agenda" had taken hold in the Middle East.
Ms Rice also said Iraq had become a "good Arab friend" of America.
"The Middle East is a different place and a better place," Ms Rice told BBC Arabic TV.
Iraq, far from being destroyed, was fully integrated into the Arab world, she said.
There you have it. Iraq is now fully integrated into the Arab world. When did Tehran turn Arab?