Condi Rice is supposed to be a foreign policy professional, but things have gone to hell in hand basket on her watch as Secretary of State. Arguably things have not gone as badly 0n her watch as they did on Colin Powell’s. We haven’t gotten into any new wars. We’ve reached an agreement with North Korea on nuclear issues, rather than breaching one. But Condi was in the White House fighting against Colin Powell on these issues during Bush’s first term.
Condi has turned out to be a light weight when it comes to foreign policy. She basically lets herself be pushed around by whomever she’s with. At the White House, it was the war mongering neo-cons, and she backed them. Now, at State, she to her credit is taking a more statesman-like position, but due to the people around her, not to any good sense of her own.
She dresses nicely and is telegenic, but like Paris Hilton, there’s not much “there” there, unlike Robert Gates who appears to be personally moving the Defense Department in a more reasonable direction.