Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Zelikow Resigns!!

Philip Zelikow, Senior Aide to Rice, Resigns From Post

By HELENE COOPER | NYT | November 28, 2006
On Monday, the 52-year-old Mr. Zelikow, after 19 months serving as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s in-house contrarian and advocate for realpolitik in American diplomacy, submitted his resignation, effective Jan. 2.
Another one bites the dust? Or not?? Is this a fish story? This is a big fish!
He said that he would return to the University of Virginia, where he has an endowed chair as a history professor.
In his resignation letter, Mr. Zelikow cited “some truly riveting obligations to college bursars” for his children’s tuition and said he would remain available to help the administration where he could.
Yes, of course. You can make a lot more money teaching history at the U of V than working for the Secretary of State! Good thinking!
“I appreciate Philip’s dedicated service in this time of historic change and we will miss his counsel at the State Department,” Ms. Rice said in a statement.
... yes, well ... what else can she say?
Mr. Zelikow and Ms. Rice are co-authors of a book about Germany’s reunification, “Germany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft” (Harvard University Press, 1995).
Yes ... and ... let's not forget their respective roles with The 9/11 Whitewash Commission!
The Commission's Executive Director was Philip D. Zelikow
Condoleezza Rice - National Security Advisor to the President, [...] avoided testifying under oath
Something tells me this is gonna be the sort of story where the big media accounts all fasten on the wrong details. The NYT says Zelikow is unhappy with the pace of diplomatic progress. I wish I knew what was really behind this move.