January 9, 2007

SAME STUFF, DIFFERENT PACKAGE:


Our 'viceroy' to the U.N.
: An Afghan-born Sunni Muslim, Zalmay Khalilzad would be a strong symbol in representing the U.S. (LA Times, January 9, 2007)

ZALMAY KHALILZAD is not the kind of soft-spoken diplomat who goes over well at the United Nations. President Bush's choice for U.S. ambassador to the U.N., dubbed "the viceroy" during his stint as ambassador to Afghanistan from 2003 to 2005, is a neoconservative hawk known for his autocratic style. Yet he is also charismatic and can be charming; certainly compared to his predecessor, he's a breath of fresh air.

In other words, he's a John Bolton who hasn't been demonized yet.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 9, 2007 7:59 AM
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In other words, he's a John Bolton who hasn't been demonized yet.

Just wait. The first criticisms will be that he's not really an "authentic Muslim."

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 9, 2007 11:11 AM

You don't have to wait long Raoul (about 1 hour). He isn't an "authentic Muslim"

Khalilzad's wife, Cheryl Bernard, is an Austrian writer and feminist whose novels champion women's rights. Her study Civil Democratic Islam created a great deal of controversy especially in fundamentalist circles; it recommends supporting Islamic secularists. nuff said

Posted by: h-man at January 9, 2007 12:13 PM
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