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?Nickel summary: she gave up. Full answer at the link.
This latter question is at least intriguing and perhaps ominous.
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":