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March 14, 2005

White Rice?

This development seems to have eluded most of the blogosphere, but apparently our new public face in the Middle East looks like an angry transvestite.

But seriously, folks. Here’s what worries me about this: During Bush’s first term, liberals generally lamented his effective neutering of Colin Powell. I can’t remember how many articles I read that contained the phrase "…Condoleezza Rice when he wants to send a serious message." With Rice at State, I think a lot of people assumed that the Secretary of State and The Person Bush Uses To Send Serious Messages would finally be the same person. So far, that has been the case, and the results have been…well, vastly improved. (Witness the 100% reduction in wars!)

What worries me about Hughes is that she could undo this synergy. By all accounts, Bush and Rice are close, but Bush and Hughes are closer. And as far as I can tell, the job to which Hughes has been appointed is explicitly about sending messages, in a region of the world where America's reputation is vital.

I guess it’s only natural that Bush would fill Rice’s old place as de-facto consigliere with someone new. Maybe he disdains hoity-toity institutions. Maybe he just naturally distrusts State, no matter who’s in charge of it. (Hardly surprising for a president that puts such a premium on loyalty.) In any case, if I’m right about this, it’s disappointing. Between Hughes and Bolton (who, while were on the topic, looks like Captain Kangaroo), the Bush-2 foreign policy team is definitely balking on fulfilling its initial promise.

- Daniel A. Munz

March 14, 2005 in Foreign Policy | Permalink

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A reference to Karen Hughes as looking like an angry transvestite? I mean I realize it's tough to be on the wrong side of history and all, but do you really need to be that nasty?

Posted by: Francis Quinn | Mar 15, 2005 11:42:59 AM

I like her being overseas. That way - she's not trying to sell the Soc. Sec. deform.

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Posted by: peter.w | Sep 15, 2007 5:13:30 AM

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