Muslim 36,000: The new strategy for making the people we kill learn to love us when they get to know us

George Bush appoints James Glassman to replace Karen Hughes:

President Bush intends to name a well-known conservative commentator and journalist to lead the State Department’s struggling efforts to improve the U.S.’s image abroad, replacing long-time confidante Karen Hughes, who is leaving government by the end of the year, The Associated Press has learned.

Bush plans to tap James K. Glassman, now chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees the Voice of America, to be the new undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs, administration officials said.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement has not yet been made. The officials said the choice was expected to be made public by Friday, the day Hughes has set for her departure and return to Texas after two years in the post.

Glassman was chosen in part because he has already won Senate confirmation for his current job, which he began in June, and the administration was looking for someone who could avoid a bruising confirmation fight in an election year, the officials said.

If confirmed, Glassman would take over an outreach operation that has been criticized for being ineffective, particularly in the Muslim world.

First let me get this out of the way:

He sure has some big shoes to fill.

Okay. I feel better now.

Moving on, I guess if you’re going to send someone to do an impossible job, it’s best to send in a wild-eyed enthusiast who believes that nothing is impossible


Yeah. That guy. He’ll have them investing in sand futures.

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