Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Karen Hughes sees the Muslim world

FT.com / World / US & Canada - Bush ally hopes to win over Islamic world: "Ms Hughes emphasises two themes she says have most damaged America’s image in the eyes of the world – perceptions of the mistreatment of alleged terrorist detainees at Guantánamo Bay and elsewhere, and the view that Washington is not doing enough to promote the creation of a Palestinian state.

She says she has frequently conveyed both observations to the US president. Ms Hughes did not mention the war in Iraq. “The toughest thing I’ve told the president is that he needed to improve the detainee policy,” she said. “I felt it was important it was understood that was how we were being seen in the world.”

Her goal of disseminating the US message abroad is constrained by the fact that public diplomacy is a low budget priority."

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