Dispatches from the Unreality-based Community

Today we learn that Karen Hughes is leaving her position in the State Department. The Bush Administration has long felt that their policies should be popular in the Arab and Muslim worlds. It was just a matter of explaining them, of providing the right advertising. So they put one of their most trusted players in charge of informing the rest of the world what good things they were doing.

The result?

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.

On the other hand, actually contributing to peace rather than empty PR would have had more appeal:

Hughes said the Iraq war was usually the second issue that Muslims and Arabs raised with her, after the long-standing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. Hughes said she advised Bush and Rice two years ago that U.S. help in ending the six-decade old fight over Israel would probably do more than anything else to improve the U.S. standing worldwide.

Unfortunately for Ms. Hughes’ suggestions, we have a Secretary of State who doesn’t believe in diplomacy.

h/t Atrios

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6 Comments . Leave a comment below.
  1. the truth will out.

    some people have bought the bushco propeganda line, but many others are reading the message differently than bushco intended.  that is, they're seeing the hypocrisy built into the message rather than reading the message itself.

    i wish i had an illustration for this dealing with foreign policy, but i think the flavor of the graphic below serves as a model for the whole failed republicon adventure.  you can put the republican closet case in a suit and a wedding ring (or proclaim you're all about universal democracy), but your actions betray you and lead people to readjust how they must look at you.

  2. And

    Until recently, an Attorney General who doesn't believe in the rule of law, and Secretary of Defense that destroyed a whole branch of the armed forces, and a Vice Presdident who thinks that he is the Commander in Chief, and a President who thinks this is all peachy becaause he believes he is right.


  3. Yeah

    I agree with you!They always have their own viewpoints.

  4. I actually prefer...

    ...the term "surreal."  It describes the post much more succinctly.

  5. Rule of Law ?

    There are no longer any Rules of Law in this country. Everything is now vague arbitrary lines in the sand. For instance: Illegal aliens aren't breaking the law. They are simply foreign nationals seeking long term employment with benefits (without the obligations of citizens) because they are entitled to it---the qualification:they have a heartbeat and consume oxygen.

    The slide into anarchy however slow is progressing quite nicely.

    Karen Hughes is a laughable political hack who's only responsibility should be emptying wastebaskets or peeling potatoes.

  6. KarenHughes Out

    From Today's Boston Globe (Masthead Motto: "Owned by Moguls--Written by Interns") P. A2:graf2: "She is credited with energizing efforts to improve the American image abroad--more actively spreading good news about the United States while more aggressively confronting the bad." "Credited?" By whom? The only thing missing here is the modifier "widely," as in "widely credited." I guess omission of the usual "widely" signifies insightful criticism on the part of Brian Knowlton, the Ace journalist for the Herald Trib. Way to go Globe.

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