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Where is Karen Hughes?

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More precisely, "Where is the United States' campaign of truth and honesty in the Middle East?"

A thug named Hassan Nasrallah, the Hezbollah leader, emerged from the shadows to become, in just over a month, one of the more important political figures of Lebanon and one of the leaders of the Arab world's radical wing.

Before the war, Hassan Nasrallah was the one who made sure the garbage went out, the aged were cared for, the children had schools.

During the war Hassan Nasrallah, as seen by Arabs, is the man who faced down Israel and the Great Satan.

Before this war, few respected moderates in Beirut or in the greater Arab world paid much attention to Nasrallah. Now his stock has soared. He is the darling of the man on the Arab street for not just keeping his forces in the field for more than thirty days with the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) but by apparently winning.

By appearing almost daily on al-Manar ("The Beacon," the name of Hezbollah TV), al-Jazeera and al-Arabiya TV during the conflict saying, "We have not been harmed," Nasrallah made himself the most important face of the war, eclipsing everyone in the governments of Israel and Lebanon.

I keep asking myself, where is Karen Hughes? Or, more correctly, where is the mighty U.S. and its public diplomacy?

Are we to expect that Nasrallah stole a march on the entire U.S. government and that is O.K.?

Didn't the president hire his Texas friend Karen Hughes, with a salary clearly over $150,000 a year, to do for the U.S. just what Nasrallah is doing in his spare time? I mean, am I the only one outraged?

The degree of lasting political clout Hassan Nasrallah and Hezbollah have gained remains to be seen. But there is a gain, not a loss.

The last time we saw Karen Hughes, she was apparently carrying U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's baggage.

We ask the president; "Where is Karen Hughes?"
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