October 31st, 2007
10:05 AM ET
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Hughes to exit State Department

Hughes is a longtime Bush adviser.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Long-time Bush adviser Karen Hughes will leave her post as undersecretary of state at the State Department in mid-December, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced Wednesday.

Hughes served as undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs since her appointment to the post in March 2005, and was charged with running the State Department's campaign to "win the hearts and minds of the Muslim world."

In September of that year, Hughes traveled throughout the Middle East as part of what she dubbed a "listening tour" to repair America's image among Muslims. But it was a tough sell, and many Arabs criticized her for what they called her lack of understanding of the region.

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- CNN's Elise Labott and Charley Keyes contributed to this report

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soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. Jr., California

    America is losing a good man in Washington.

    October 31, 2007 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. Scott from Freehold

    Wow, she sure did a great job!!! I have noticed how successful she has been in "winning the hearts and minds of the Muslim world." Give her a Congressional Medal of Honor!!

    October 31, 2007 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  3. Joel Hammer San Francisco, CA

    Now that she's gone, the one who should really be leaving is Condi Rice, the most ineffective and arragont Secretary of State in the history of this country. Just like the moron she works for.

    October 31, 2007 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  4. Len, Chicago

    She went to Europe to beg countries to send nominal amounts of troops and supplies to Iraq for PR purposes. A total waste of assets and pseudo-diplomacy.

    Everyone I've heard who no longer works for her + speaks about her publicly says she's a Ruthless, hateful B.

    She's also a poor-poor-poor man's Glenn Close

    October 31, 2007 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  5. Cable King Pittsburgh PA

    Patronage jobs are still a bane to the betterment of America. Thanks Karen and Dubya for reminding all of us.

    October 31, 2007 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. Ron

    Hughes appointment to improve Americas image among Muslims is consistent with " Your doing a heck of a job Brownie" being in charge of Katrina or Harriet Miers being the "Most qualified" to sit on the Supreme Court or any of a whole bunch of appointments of Bush cronies who have served America poorly.What a pity.

    October 31, 2007 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  7. Can't wait till election 2008

    Don't believe the commenters here who seem to hate you, Karen. We love ya!!!Mwah... mwah... mwah...

    Wait, I just remembered you during Gore vs. Bush 2000. Phtooh... phtooh... phtooh

    October 31, 2007 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  8. T. Tim, Lodi, Wi

    She was to "win the hearts and minds of the Muslim world." It would be funny if it weren't soooooo ludicrous and absurd–and deadly. Imperialists all of them. And amateurs at that. Their mantra to win hearts and minds is "Might is right."

    October 31, 2007 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  9. Moe, NY

    Glad to here it...another one bites the dust! Let's hope she takes Rice with her.

    October 31, 2007 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  10. Shawn Indianapolis IN

    Does this really surprise anyone? the entire premise of the Bush 2 presidency was to put people in roles they were entirely unqualified for. Condoliza Rice as NSA, Rumsfield as Sec of Defense, Brown as FEMA director, Snow as Sec of Treasury, ad nauseum.

    It's like they think their big money can buy success the world over just because they can use it to divide Americans and win elections here.

    October 31, 2007 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  11. Tom, Anaheim, CA

    Karen is cutting out because she doesn't want to have to serve a forced stint for State Department staffers in Iraq. I'd do the same thing rather than go to Iraq for a tour of duty.

    October 31, 2007 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  12. ray

    Her accomplishments while in office are on a par with the accomplishments of other members of this Administration. If success is measured by how they managed to enrich their supporters and benefit themselves at the expense of the American public, the y have done an outstanding job. In this Administration, competence is not measured by criteria normally applied through objective standards, it is measured by their own view of the reality they have created for themselves and wish to impose on everyone else. The only legacy this Administration will leave is a mess of global proportions that future generations will have to deal with.

    November 1, 2007 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  13. Lily Smith Vidalia, Georgia

    Please don`t show her face again with her double-standards.

    November 2, 2007 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
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