Stephen J. Hadley, National Security Advisor

By putting Condoleezza Rice at State, President Bush has moved the department closer to the White House. By putting skilled status quo guy Stephen Hadley at the National Security Council, the President has removed any potential policy clashes between State and his more immediate advisors. The MSM might have trouble inventing State-NSC feuds from here on.

Forget all the talk of Dr. Rice being rewarded for sticking to the President's script; as his foreign policy mentor, she helped write that script. Hadley, remarkably abled, will run the NSC, if my reading of him is correct, like a upper-management guy with a copy of Robert's Rules of Order.

This looks like it will be a great setup all around.

Things are shaping of for the second term.

[If, by chance, you want to listen to Dr. Cornell West discussing Colin Powell and Dr. Rice with NPR's Tavis Smiley, the clip is on this NPR page. They discuss how Powell and Rice are great people who ultimately lack integrity, Smiley admits, "Maybe behind closed doors, Colin Powell had integrity." West admits that Rice is very intelligent but that she essentially lets the President use her race for his own purposes. So does Powell, West adds. It is a terrible insult, but it is predictable from these particular graceless commentators.]


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