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Sunday, March 13, 2005

Karen Hughes Returning to Administration

The Associated Press reports that President Bush is planning to name former aide Karen Hughes for undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs. Link.
The official said that Hughes, 48, will spearhead the administration's campaign to promote democracy in the Middle East.

Hughes, who for years has had a major voice in crafting Bush's domestic message, is a former counselor to the president who left the White House in 2002 to move her family back to Texas.

She has little experience in foreign affairs but enjoys the confidence of the president and is close to the new secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice.

Despite her lack of foreign policy experience, she sounds perfect for a job dealing with communications and public diplomacy. Throughout her campaign and administration work, I was extremely impressed with her. She always seemed to know just how to communicate a difficult concept so that it was understandable. What greater skill can be brought to the position described in the AP report?

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