Karen Hughes Leaving Public Diplomacy Post
Karen Hughes has announced that she’s leaving her post as Under Secretary of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.
Karen Hughes, who led efforts to improve the U.S. image abroad and was one of President Bush’s last remaining advisers from the close circle of Texas aides, will leave the government at the end of the year.
Hughes told The Associated Press that she plans to quit her job as undersecretary of state and return to Texas, although improving the world’s view of the United States is a “long-term challenge” that will outlast her. “This will take a number of years,” Hughes said in an interview Tuesday.
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 but also a great deal of happiness for what she has achieved” and with the understanding that she would continue to work on several projects. Rice said that Hughes had made public diplomacy “strong and central” to U.S. foreign policy and had exceeded expectations in the job.
Expectations must have been mighty low.
That’s not to say that she didn’t do the job as well as it could have been done. Frankly, I haven’t any idea what she’s done. Like LTG Doug Lute, our war tsar, her activities since being appointed have been a mystery. Certainly, though, I have seen no evidence that world opinion of the United States has improved during her tenure.