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April 23, 2003

The Next Challenge for the Bush Administration
By Newt Gingrich

Mr Gingrich, in a speech to the American Entreprise Institute, calls for a new State Department which will better translate the new role of the US in the world. The present, "broken", instrument of US diplomacy is vigourously criticised on various plans. Here is point 2 of this criticism, focusing specifically on the now notorious roadmap :

2. "The State Department invention of a quartet for Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations defies everything the United States has learned about France, Russia, and the United Nations. After the bitter lessons of the last five months, it is unimaginable that the United States would voluntarily accept a system in which the UN, the European Union, and Russia could routinely outvote President Bush's positions by three to one (or four to one if the State Department voted its cultural beliefs against the President's policies)".

The speech is not long and is otherwise too very readable.