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Rice at State

Jonathan Karl (ABC News) praises Secretary of State Condi Rice’s tenure, and claims that she has had a positive effect on the State Department. It is more active than it has been in a decade. Read it all, but here is a paragraph:

Rice’s proximity to the president, combined with the sense of urgency she brings to her new job, has turned the State Department into a political power center again, the kind of place where Karen Hughes, one of President Bush’s two or three closest advisers, would take a third-tier job. Even Dina Powell, who as director of White House personnel had no shortage of opportunities in the administration, chose to go to work for Rice as an assistant secretary of state. The State Department has been something of a political backwater for more than a decade. In the Clinton years, Warren Christopher was so inactive that a running joke among Foreign Service officers during his tenure was to complain about something and add, "None of this would be happening if Warren Christopher were alive." Madeleine Albright traveled more, but that only contributed to the perception that she was out of the loop and AWOL when the major national security decisions were being made by the National Security Council. And in George W. Bush’s first term, Powell made his biggest headlines when he was at odds with the White House.

Discussions - 4 Comments

Just out of curiousity, has anyone read Karen Hughes’s book Ten Minutes from Normal?

Well part of the reason for Powell only making headlines when he disagreed with the Whitel House was not that the Sec of State and White House Never disagree in other administrations. No remember the agenda of the guys writng the headlines and the related stories.

Samantha: I have not read it, and haven’t talked with anyone who has. Sorry.

Finally someone understands whose side State is supposed to be on.

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