Wednesday, March 16


Karen Hughes to polish U.S. image?

But Ivo Daalder, a foreign policy expert at the Brookings Institution, said the perception problem lies within the Bush administration.

"I don't think our problem in the world is the fact that people misunderstand us; I think our problem in the world is that people don't like what we are doing," Daalder said. "One of the grand failures of this administration is their inability to put themselves in others' shoes."

Daalder pointed to Hughes' lack of foreign policy background and predicted her service will be "as grand a failure as her predecessors'."
A former U.S. diplomat, Djerejian said 80 percent of international perceptions about America are based on policy and values, with the remainder hinging on the message.
Gerald Birnberg, chairman of the Harris County Democratic Party, said Hughes "was able to mold George Bush into a viable gubernatorial candidate in Texas, so she ought to be able to sell some portions of the world on his notions of foreign policy."


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