Saturday, September 24, 2005

Diplomacy by Dale Carnegie

Along with Karl Rove, Karen Hughes is one of Dubya's longest-serving advisors. After a brief hiatus, Hughes is back and badder than ever as the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.

In her new position, Ambassador Hughes is expected to improve America's image abroad. She has her work cut out for her. According to a September report by the Advisory Committee on Cultural Diplomacy, thanks to Dubya's policies "America is viewed in much of the world less as a beacon of hope than as a dangerous force to be countered."

Nevertheless, Hughes is embarking on a "listening tour" of the Middle East. Sounds like she stole the idea from Hillary Clinton.

Of course, the overseas anger flows from this administration's actions, not its "communications" failures. Whenever this administration's policies have an undeniably disasterous result, they launch a spin offensive. Wouldn't it be better to CHANGE YOUR POLICY than to crib a few pages from Dale Carnegie?