THE KAREN HUGHES MYSTERY….Fred Kaplan notes that Karen Hughes is leaving her post as America’s top public diplomat with an air of “farce and mystery”:

But it is the mysteries that are murkier. Why was Karen Hughes — this hard-headed but provincial Texan with no experience in foreign affairs and only a smattering of irrelevant Spanish — handed the job of repairing America’s image in the Muslim world? And, with just over a year to go in his presidency, why is this avid Bush loyalist leaving now?

This latter question is at least intriguing and perhaps ominous.

Nickel summary: she gave up. Full answer at the link.

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