November 16, 2004
TALK ABOUT MISSING THE POINT:
Rice's NSC Tenure Complicates New Post: Failure to Manage Agency Infighting Cited (Glenn Kessler and Thomas E. Ricks, November 16, 2004, Washington Post)
Condoleezza Rice, who will be named as Colin L. Powell's replacement as early as today, has forged an extraordinarily close relationship with President Bush. But, paradoxically, many experts consider her one of the weakest national security advisers in recent history in terms of managing interagency conflicts.
Her appointment as secretary of state would be a first for a black woman, and it would mean an unquestioned Bush loyalist would be dispatched to run a critical department that the White House had come to view with suspicion.
But she will have to work hard to build bridges to State Department career officials, current and former officials said. Powell was considered a hero to the State Department bureaucracy because he won increases in funding and personnel, and many State Department officials are furious that the Bush White House frequently undercut Powell.
"State Department officials dislike her intensely because they love Powell and believe her staff demeaned the State Department," said one former State Department official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he frequently interacts with Rice.
Build bridges? She's there to burn them.
After day of cabinet resignations, many fear a shift to the right (Warren P. Strobel and Jonathan S. Landay, 11/15/04, Knight Ridder Newspapers)
At the State Department, officials said, Powell is expected to be accompanied out the door by virtually his entire management team: Deputy Secretary Richard Armitage; Undersecretary for Political Affairs Marc Grossman, the department's No. 3 official; Undersecretary for Management Grant Green; and several others.
"They're going to purge the State Department," said one of the senior officials, adding that he'd heard White House officials say: "The State Department doesn't get it. They're not on the president's message."
-Europe Recalls Low Points in Rice's Past (The Associated Press, Nov 16, 2004)
n Europe, it's hard for some to think of Condoleezza Rice Colin Powell's expected replacement as U.S. secretary of state without recalling the low points in trans-Atlantic relations that grew out of the war in Iraq.Posted by Orrin Judd at November 16, 2004 11:04 AM
After all, it was Rice who raised eyebrows last year with her Machiavellian suggestions for how Washington should treat European opponents of the U.S.-led invasion.
"Punish France, ignore Germany and forgive Russia," Rice was widely quoted as telling associates in the spring of 2003.