11/17/2004

YOU MET THE MONKEY, NOW MEET HIS TRAINER

Mirror.co.uk - THE WORLD'S MOST POWERFUL WOMAN

By Anthony Harwood In New York


IF THERE were a monkey in the White House - and many reckon there is - then his trainer would be the world's most powerful person.




In the case of George W Bush, almost everything he knows about foreign policy has been learnt from Condoleezza Rice.

His choice of Rice to replace Colin Powell as Secretary of State means that, if Congress approves the decision, she will be the world's most powerful woman.

Not only is she just as right-wing as Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and the others, she is also an expert in world affairs - which is just as well as Bush is a man who, prior to his first stint as president, had only left America's shores three times.

When he wanted advice, he turned to Rice - his trusted friend.

The President even named a rise on his Texas ranch Balkan Hill, because Rice gave him a quick history lesson on central Europe during a four-mile hike around his property

Her predecessor, Colin Powell, possessed formidable diplo hamstrung by opposition to his policies in Washington - a situation that drove him out.

So the good news is that the Bush Administration will now speak with one voice. The bad news is that the voice will be more aggressive and the sentiments more hardline.

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