posted on Mar, 16 2005 @ 02:50 AM
President Bush was warned 13 months ago that anti-American sentiment is growing rapidly in the Middle East and has now taken action. His confidant,
Karen Hughes, has been oppointed new undersecretary of public diplomacy. She is the 3rd person to occupy the position in the State Department since
Thirteen months ago, one of Washington's top intelligence officials warned that burgeoning anti-American sentiment in the Muslim world was providing
sustenance for extremists. Vice Adm. Lowell Jacoby, the head of Defense Intelligence Agency, updated that warning last month and turned up the volume,
telling senators that Osama bin Laden was feeding off the negative feelings, which are at an all-time high.
But on Monday--following months of simmering criticism about its foundering public diplomacy efforts--the White House named Karen Hughes, a longtime
confidant of President Bush, to head the State Department office charged with turning that tide and improving America's image abroad.
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This atleast amounts to an admission by Bush that his international actions are unpoplar and causing adverse reactions in the Middle East. Will he
expand his image makeover offensive Worldwide to cover all the countries that have beefs with Bush?
We saw a so called charm offensive on Bush's trip to Europe which barely hid the contempt both EU leaders and Bush felt for each other. This is fine
in the political world but did little to correct any problems or anxieties felt by the general public.
I feel that this latest appointment to undersecretary of public diplomacy will do little in improving the way America is seen worldwide. The only
thing that will change attitudes are major policy shifts and years of sustained constructive involvement as a partner in World affairs.
[edit on 16-3-2005 by Banshee]