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.