Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged the peacekeeping mission in southern Lebanon yesterday to act on what she termed “a very robust” mandate approved by the United Nations that grants international troops authority to challenge anyone who attempts to block their mission, and to use force if necessary.
“The language says that anything and anyone who keeps them from fulfilling their responsibilities is to be challenged on that, and they even have the right to use force if they need to,” Ms. Rice said. “That mandate was written in a very robust fashion.”
She acknowledged, however, that “it’s always a matter of how it’s interpreted.”
Condi, less bust, as in
–verb (used without object) 1. Informal. a. to burst.
b. to go bankrupt.
c. to collapse from the strain of making a supreme effort
and more ro - as in rough 'em up.