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(Karen) Hughes on mission to change views abroad - and at home
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Hughes on mission to change views abroad - and at home
A year into post, she says State Department must reshape efforts

WASHINGTON Karen Hughes looks back on her first few days at the State Department as a worrisome benchmark.


Setting out with limited diplomatic experience abroad, Ms. Hughes was sometimes tentative on her early stops and continues to encounter sharp dissension over U.S. policy. And there was the well-publicized misstep in June when one of her top aides, Colleen Graffy, the deputy assistant secretary for public diplomacy, told the British Broadcasting Corp. that three Guantnamo suicides had been a "good PR move to draw attention."

"Occasionally, when you are out there talking, you say something you regret," Ms. Hughes said. "And that was the case there."


On nearly every front, Ms. Hughes readily acknowledges that her job is a challenge. And that was before the war in the Middle East turned up the world spotlight on U.S. policy in the region, particularly its unyielding support of Israel.

"People will tell me we disagree with your policy," she said, recalling her first diplomatic tour of the Middle East last year, "and I make the case that we support a Palestinian state."

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  -(Karen) Hughes on mission to change views abroad - and at home sabra  Aug-07-06 09:18 AM   #0 
  - "You are Getting Sleepy, Sleepy"  saigon68   Aug-07-06 09:20 AM   #1 
  - Karen Hughs is a blithering idiot who should be tried along with the rest  Atman   Aug-07-06 09:20 AM   #2 
  - What would be a just punishment for their crimes?  OKthatsIT   Aug-07-06 10:36 PM   #49 
  - she is making the case with words--big face flowery words  Supersedeas   Aug-07-06 09:21 AM   #3 
  - Another example of The Administration being chock full of Anti-Diplomats!  ShortnFiery   Aug-07-06 09:22 AM   #4 
  - Perfect picture....  Punkingal   Aug-07-06 09:32 AM   #11 
     - She was the 'moderate' counter to Rove with W. nt  MookieWilson   Aug-07-06 09:38 AM   #16 
  - because her last trip was such a success...  GreenArrow   Aug-07-06 09:23 AM   #5 
  - Just like O.J. Simpson is on a mission to find the "real killers"  Julius Civitatus   Aug-07-06 09:25 AM   #6 
  - Hughes  lthuedk   Aug-07-06 09:26 AM   #7 
  - I love that picture...  Tight_rope   Aug-07-06 09:29 AM   #9 
     - Thank you!  lthuedk   Aug-07-06 04:55 PM   #45 
  - Look Out...Here comes "The Gym Teacher"  Hoosier Dem   Aug-07-06 09:27 AM   #8 
  - She looks like every gym teacher I feared in school. nt  MookieWilson   Aug-07-06 09:39 AM   #17 
  - ROFL! THAT'S it! That's IT! I've been trying to put my finger on what  calimary   Aug-07-06 03:21 PM   #36 
     - Although I'm a feminist, this is one woman who should stay  Vinca   Aug-07-06 04:41 PM   #42 
        - preferably with the shades pulled!! ; )  Hoosier Dem   Aug-07-06 04:55 PM   #43 
  - What did Hughes do to the neo-cons to get demoted to this futile job? (nt)  w4rma   Aug-07-06 09:32 AM   #10 
  - I was sardonic yesterday when I posted  IChing   Aug-07-06 09:33 AM   #12 
  - I've never seen her and John Lithgow at the same place at the same time  htuttle   Aug-07-06 09:36 AM   #13 
  - By golly, I think you're on to something!  nancyr   Aug-07-06 09:55 AM   #23 
  - Is Hughes an Ellen-Jamsian  Don Claybrook   Aug-07-06 10:00 AM   #24 
  - But that's so terribly unkind to John Lithgow.  CBHagman   Aug-07-06 10:44 AM   #28 
  - When does she get  BigDDem   Aug-07-06 09:36 AM   #14 
  - As soon as the M.E. erupts into full blown combat among all  Jacobin   Aug-07-06 09:39 AM   #18 
  - So far, her mission hasn't had any success. Other than that, great job!  MookieWilson   Aug-07-06 09:37 AM   #15 
  - Wash, rinse, repeat...Wash, rinse, repeat...Wash, rinse, repeat  Roland99   Aug-07-06 09:39 AM   #19 
  - Her job is much more of a challenge because she has less  Zorra   Aug-07-06 09:41 AM   #20 
  - Bet she'll get one of those fancy 'Medal of Freedom' things for  sinkingfeeling   Aug-07-06 09:48 AM   #21 
  - Sending Karen Hughes out to change views  democrank   Aug-07-06 09:55 AM   #22 
  - Occasionally, when you are out there talking, you say something you regret  Bob3   Aug-07-06 10:09 AM   #25 
  - She'll change views all right..  sendero   Aug-07-06 10:19 AM   #26 
  - Maybe she should start by changing the opinions of Bushies  Ilsa   Aug-07-06 10:41 AM   #27 
  - Has she lost about a hundred pounds?  TexasLawyer   Aug-07-06 10:51 AM   #29 
  - Maybe she needs a Katherine Harris Makeover??  Hoosier Dem   Aug-07-06 01:43 PM   #30 
  - stress?  sabra   Aug-07-06 01:45 PM   #31 
  - Almost unrecognizable.  colorado_ufo   Aug-07-06 04:35 PM   #39 
  - She hired Ann Coulter to design a fitness regimen for her.  tanyev   Aug-07-06 04:57 PM   #46 
     - What is with the Republican fetish with anorexic blondes?  sutz12   Aug-07-06 04:59 PM   #47 
  - Look at those hands grasping each other.  katinmn   Aug-07-06 04:55 PM   #44 
  - Is there ANYONE in the republican party....  Roy   Aug-07-06 02:31 PM   #32 
  - One thousand Karen Hughes wouldn't able to do so.  ckramer   Aug-07-06 02:40 PM   #33 
  - That fake couldn't sell $2 ads in a Texas podunk town.  katinmn   Aug-07-06 02:48 PM   #34 
  - phffffffffffffffffffft  Solly Mack   Aug-07-06 02:51 PM   #35 
  - And she looks like she's smelling it already.  calimary   Aug-07-06 04:19 PM   #37 
  - ROTFLMAO  katinmn   Aug-07-06 04:39 PM   #40 
     - I tootled melodiously  Solly Mack   Aug-08-06 05:14 PM   #50 
  - Ms. Hughes title: Head Cheerleader  katty   Aug-07-06 04:22 PM   #38 
  - Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain...  sutz12   Aug-07-06 04:40 PM   #41 
  - Chimpy's nanny stricken with repetitive failure syndrome.  antonialee839   Aug-07-06 09:00 PM   #48 
  - she's going to draft smirk's resignation?  TOJ   Aug-08-06 05:18 PM   #51 

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