Hughes said 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 to announce her departure.I love Bush's original thinking that hiring Hughes and some good PR will just turn everyone around into loving us again. Too bad the results are a little different from what Mr. History-Will-Prove-Me-Right expected:
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.Obviously, those numbers will creep back up once Bush's ass is out the door, and I'm sure Karen Hughes knew this all along. Of course, that would've meant her trying to sell democracy over here instead of there.