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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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