Thursday, July 28, 2005
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Hey, Karen Hughes!!!! Over here!!!!
I see you are slowly wending your way through the confirmation process for the post of Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. Congrats on that unanimous vote.
Read the whole thing. And then roll up your sleeves.
And then -- only if you have the time, mind you -- go read Anne Applebaum too. .posted by Dan on 07.28.05 at 02:10 PM
Or, you could read this Belgravia Dispatch post from three months ago: http://www.belgraviadispatch.com/archives/004488.html
I was wondering when someone besides this Joseph Britt person, whoever he is, was going to notice the difference between the amount of work that has to be done in the public diplomacy area and the tools we have available to do that work, among the weakest of which is Karen Hughes herself.posted by: Zathras on 07.28.05 at 02:10 PM [permalink]
The best public diplomacy campaign possible would be for the USA to end its imeperial quest for world domination. Then they stop throwing away tax payer dollars on idiotic "i'm an american" tv ads and start acting like like they were serious when they spoke of democracy and peace and human rights. Bush is a greater and more efficient terrorist then Bin Laden will ever be.posted by: public diplomacy on 07.28.05 at 02:10 PM [permalink]
>Hughes is right that the war on terrorism is a "struggle of ideas."
I think not...
More like a "struggle of actions" which define what kind of people you are.
If the actions don't match the ideas you are pitching, you not only lose the
Besides, The 'war on terrorism' is over...Bushies have changed the
At least it was a short war.posted by: James on 07.28.05 at 02:10 PM [permalink]
New name for 'war on terror'
The Bush administration is abandoning the phrase "war on terror" to better
While the slogan - first used by President George W Bush in the wake of the
In recent days, senior administration figures have been speaking publicly of
The shift in terms comes at a time when the US public is increasingly
One White House official told the BBC the move did not mark a change of
Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld spoke in the new language on Friday,
The long-term problem is as much diplomatic, as much economic, in fact more
The next day, national security advisor Steven Hadley co-wrote a piece for
"Military action is only one piece of the war on terrorism," Mr Hadley
"At the same time, however, we must bring all of the tools of statecraft,
"Freedom-loving people around the world must reach out through every means -
The country's top military officer spoke in a similar vein on Monday.
General Richard Myers told a meeting at the National Press Club: "The
"And that's where the focus has to be in the future."posted by: No von mises on 07.28.05 at 02:10 PM [permalink]
Think again about this "sclerotic bureaucracy" trope. State, including the public diplomacy side of the hous, has given sound advice to the Bush team since 2001, in terms of the costs and benefits of confronting, engaging, Islam and the governments of the Islamic world.
Bush nominated Hughes months and months ago; nobody in Congress delayed here arrival, nobody in the Department of State delayed her; she simply found it more convenient to show up this Summer rather than months ago, when America actually needed an undersecretary. Family issues, I gather. Such overlord arrogance has already lost her the respect of teh bureacracy you say she needs to refrom. Give me a break: Bush should have todl her to show up for the job on time, or found a serious and committed leader for public diplomacy, not just the summa of Bush loyalists.posted by: Observer on 07.28.05 at 02:10 PM [permalink]
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