Continuing in the grand Bush tradition of enabling people to rise to new and dizzying heights of incompetence, today, we get this:
WASHINGTON, March 14 - Karen P. Hughes, one of President Bush's closest advisers, was nominated today to be under secretary of state for public diplomacy and given the mission of trying to repair the image of the United States around the globe, especially in the Arab world...
"We must do much more to confront hateful propaganda, dispel dangerous myths and get out the truth," Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said in announcing that the president had turned again to Ms. Hughes, who by all accounts has Mr. Bush's ear and confidence.
Yes, we certainly must confront propaganda. And who better to get the truth out than Karen Hughes? She's got quite a reputation for her devotion to the truth. For instance, here's what conservative "pundit" Tucker Carlson had to say about Karen Hughes:
Then I heard that [on the campaign bus, Bush communications director] Karen Hughes accused me of lying. And so I called Karen and asked her why she was saying this, and she had this almost Orwellian rap that she laid on me about how things she'd heard -- that I watched her hear -- she in fact had never heard, and she'd never heard Bush use profanity ever. It was insane.
I've obviously been lied to a lot by campaign operatives, but the striking thing about the way she lied was she knew I knew she was lying, and she did it anyway. There is no word in English that captures that. It almost crosses over from bravado into mental illness...
They get carried away, consultants do, in the heat of the campaign, they're really invested in this. A lot of times they really like the candidate. That's all conventional. But on some level, you think, there's a hint of recognition that there is reality -- even if they don't recognize reality exists -- there is an objective truth. With Karen you didn't get that sense at all. A lot of people like her. A lot of people I know like her. I'm not one of them.
So, Karen is, like, a pathological liar. And that's a terrific choice for getting the truth out. But, beyond that, both her education and her professional experience make her uniquely qualified to be America's official ambassador to the Islamic world. According to her official bio, at the Harry Walker Boring Pointless Speaker Agency, Karen has nearly devoted her life to the study and understanding of the Muslim culture and peoples!
Mrs. Hughes is a former Executive Director of the Republican Party of Texas and a former television news reporter for KXAS-TV, the NBC affiliate in Dallas/Fort Worth. Mrs. Hughes is a Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude graduate of Southern Methodist University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Journalism. She is an elder and long time Sunday school teacher in the Presbyterian church.
Before becoming a pathological liar for George W. Bush, she was a small market television reporter from Texas, who has a Bachelor's degree in English and a BFA in journalism from Southern Methodist University. She's also an elder and Sunday school teacher at her Presbyterian church.
What better choice to engage the Muslim world?
I guess Ariel Sharon was busy.
Well, if it doesn't pan out, I wouldn't be too worried. At least, not for Karen.
Today she reminisced briefly about her White House days, when she traveled to many foreign capitals. "I always tried to slip away to walk the streets and get a flavor of life," she said.
It's not like she can't make a living anywhere she goes.