President Bush has reached into his inner circle and nominated his national security adviser to replace Colin Powell as secretary of state. Bush said Dr. Rice would take office at a critical time, citing the war on terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Analysts like James Goldgeier of George Washington University say Rice is more of a loyalist than Colin Powell, who resigned on Monday:”
The White House during the first administration had this feeling that they had a programme that they were trying to go forward with and the State Department wasn’t always on board, the CIA wasn’t always on board. Now they have new leadership both in the CIA and State Department, with people that they believe will be on board with the president’s policy.”
Academic David Rothkopf believes Bush’s new appointee will be more likely to back hardliners like Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld: “She has been a loyal adviser to him. Colin Powell has had a series of conflicts with Donald Rumsfeld. I think by putting Condoleeza Rice in there he is seeking to reduce the tension within his administration. I think he is sending a message of continuity and I think he is sending a message that, you know, if you liked what you saw in the first term of the Bush administration, expect more of the same in the second term.”If approved by the US Senate, Rice will be the first black woman to become America’s foreign policy chief. She originally intended to become a concert pianist but ended up specialising in Russian affairs.