Hughes Your Mama?

From the Washington Post:

Karen Hughes, the longtime aide to President Bush, announced her resignation as undersecretary of state yesterday, after two bumpy years in which she overhauled the U.S. approach to public diplomacy but did not make major progress in improving America’s image abroad, according to current and former U.S. officials and Middle East experts.

Back to Lone Star State she goes, following in the footsteps of the rest of the Texas Mafia crew.

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Public opinion polls show that the image of the United States has declined dramatically in the Muslim world, and elsewhere overseas, during Bush’s presidency. The numbers have not improved during Hughes’s two-year stint — and in some cases have gotten worse.

But Hughes used her close connection with Bush and a strong partnership with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to push through substantial institutional changes at the State Department, win large increases in the budget for public diplomacy, increase cultural exchanges and expand partnerships with American corporations aimed at bolstering the U.S. image overseas, U.S. officials and outside experts said.

Expand partnerships with corporations? The Chimpy maladministration? Oh, silly me, I forgot that corporations will fix everything.

Hughes had a rough beginning. The Arab media ridiculed her for statements she made during her maiden voyage to the Middle East in September 2005, which some experts thought indicated a lack of depth in foreign policy.

“I am a mom, and I love kids,” Hughes declared in Ankara, Turkey, in September 2005 in an apparent attempt to connect with Muslim audiences. Explaining U.S. goals for Palestinians, she said they were “to have the experience of having children and families.”

Reviewing her trip, the Arab News said Hughes was “painfully clueless.” Al-Jazeera labeled Hughes “the marquee clown [in] America’s circus diplomacy.”

From the Houston Chronicle:

White House press secretary Dana Perino said Hughes told Bush — her “very, very close friend” — as far back as the summer that she would need to be back home in Texas by the end of the year. The president was sad to hear the news, but understood, Perino said.

C’mon, spokesmodel Dana, tell the truth. She isn’t his very, very close friend; she’s the mother he never had! When she quit and went back to Texas the last time, he called her 4 times a day! Now, it will be it will be up to Condi entirely to make sure Chimpy’s bib is fastened correctly and that he doesn’t fall out of his high chair.

She [spokesmodel Perino] praised Hughes’ performance, despite persistently low opinions of the United States globally, particularly in the Muslim countries where she was supposed to concentrate her efforts.

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Announcing Hughes’ decision to leave the department in mid-December, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she had accepted the resignation “with a great deal of sadness[...]

Of course you’re sad, Condi! You don’t have that maternal instinct, and I bet you hate having to be the one who will have to read Chimpy his bedtime stories now.

Bush and Rice had picked Hughes two years ago to retool the way the United States sells its policies, ideals and views overseas. A former television reporter and media adviser, Hughes’ focus has been to change the way the United States engages and responds to criticism or misinformation in the Muslim world.

“Negative events never help,” Hughes said when asked how events like last month’s shooting of Iraqi civilians by private U.S. security guards [Blackwater] in Iraq affects the way the world sees the United States.

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She nearly doubled the public diplomacy budget, to nearly $900 million annually, and sent U.S. sports stars Michelle Kwan and Cal Ripken Jr. abroad as unofficial diplomats.

Polls show no improvement in the world’s view of the U.S. since Hughes took over. A Pew Research Center survey earlier said the unpopular Iraq war is a persistent drag on the U.S. image and has helped push favorable opinion of the United States in Muslim Indonesia, for instance, from 75 percent in 2000 to 30 percent last year.

First, remarks like, “Negative events never help,” and she sent Michelle Kwan and Cal Ripken, Jr. out as diplomats? I bet ice-skating and baseball are huge in the desert! The woman is fucking brilliant!! Heckuva job, evil bitch Karen!?

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7 responses to “Hughes Your Mama?

  1. Friend of the court

    “Painfully clueless”, is a perfect summary of Diplomatic Policy during the President Bonzo Administration. Among his many shitty deeds, we can count, setting back the credibility of women in public service, around a century or so. Heck of a job, Bushie.

  2. nonnie9999

    chimpy and his party (including the women) want the female part of the population back in the 1950′s. they want us to be back in the kitchen, tending to the kids and the menfolk, and not making a peep. they want us in harriet nelson or donna reed dresses–the american version of the burka. just put on some lipstick and look pretty, but don’t demand respect or equal pay.

  3. snackdoodle

    nonnie, Karen has a sick idealized, romanticized picture of W. He is the white knight, the savior of the world and she is more than delusional, she is bug nuts. I doubt if anyone else in the world, including Laura thinks as highly as she does of the chimpster. My guess is to W it is all about what she sees in him, that kind of hero worship has to be pretty heady stuff.

  4. nonnie9999

    hi snackdoodle! :D
    i don’t know what it is with the women who surround chimpy. i don’t see what the appeal is. he isn’t smart, articulate, charming, and he is funny-looking. look at his arms and legs when he walks. he looks like a toddler just learning how to keep his balance. maybe he touches a maternal nerve or something. his idiotic nature begs for someone to take care of him. then again, maybe the women are just drawn to power. he has never been the brains behind getting into power. he is merely the sockpuppet. however, he has the titles, and some people are drawn to that. add to that the fundie outlook that all you have to do is say you are christian and you are automatically good (forget that silly stuff like actually doing good things!), and the cultists will follow without logic or common sense getting in the way.
    on the other hand, maybe it was papa bush to whom the women are attracted. they are stuck with chimpy by default. i am sure that is how it happened with condi. she is so immersed in the much of big oil that she had no choice but to follow chimpy.
    harriet miers is a case of junior high love. i have no idea what kind of childhood she had, but there is something wrong in that woman’s emotional center of her brain. chimpy probably complimented her orthopedic heels one day, and she fell in love.

  5. nightowl724

    I’m with you, nonnie! There is nothing appealing about Bush – and never was, I’d say. In high school, he was probably a tittering, monkey-faced, look-up-her-skirt, class-clown-to-cover-for-low-C’s, look-at-me-I-have-money kind of guy. You know, the type smart girls avoided like the plague! I guess that left out Laura, Karen, and Harriet. But Condi? She has brains, so I think she just wanted to ride his coattails to (in)famy…but, she had to fawn all over him to be allowed to play in his sandbox.

  6. nonnie9999

    chimpy was probably the guy to go to in school for some blow or some booze. poppy was rich, and chimpy was a spoiled bastard. his entire life is a string of fuck-ups that poppy had to make good. maybe there is something in the water in texas, the land of big hair.
    an ex-friend of mine knew laura. their kids went to the same school. whenever there was work to be done by the parents for the school, laura did no work whatsoever, but she was right there when the plaudits were handed out, taking credit for work she didn’t do.
    as for the others, maybe they were the girls in junior high who nobody liked. chimpy was nice to them, so they latched on.
    as for condi, i think her attachment was to poppy, not chimpy. i also think that her intelligence is vastly overstated. she might be book smart, but she doesn’t seem to have a lot of common sense.

  7. nonnie9999

    chimpy was probably the guy to go to in school for some blow or some booze. poppy was rich, and chimpy was a spoiled bastard. his entire life is a string of fuck-ups that poppy had to make good. maybe there is something in the water in texas, the land of big hair.
    an ex-friend of mine knew laura. their kids went to the same school. whenever there was work to be done by the parents for the school, laura did no work whatsoever, but she was right there when the plaudits were handed out, taking credit for work she didn’t do.
    as for the others, maybe they were the girls in junior high who nobody liked. chimpy was nice to them, so they latched on.
    as for condi, i think her attachment was to poppy, not chimpy. i also think that her intelligence is vastly overstated. she might be book smart, but she doesn’t seem to have a lot of common sense.

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