"At the very heart of U.S. Middle East policy, from the war in Iraq to pressure for regime change in Iran and Syria to the spread of free-market democracy in the region, sits the 39-year-old daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney. Elizabeth “Liz” Cheney, appointed to her post in February 2005, has a tongue-twisting title: principal deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs and coordinator for broader Middle East and North Africa initiatives. By all accounts, it is an enormously powerful post, and one for which she is uniquely unqualified. " American Prospect.
One had thought that the "Day of the Neocons" (with subtitles) had left the theaters and was only available on the "History Channel," but apparently the phenomenon lives on (in its Cheneyesque variant) at the Department of State. An unhappy retired ambassador sent me Dreyfuss’ article in "American Prospect" about the "eminence blonde" now in place in Foggy Bottom pursuing dreams of world-wide democratic (westernization) reform starting in the Middle East. She apparently is ably assisted in this by the Wurmsers, Hannah et al from without the building. Various vacuous Levantine (and other) aspirants to the role of "reformer" in chief in "bilad al- ____" (the homeland) gather at her feet hoping for the magic moment in which Dad will bless them and they can launch forth (backed by US money) to become a more successful Chalabi.
This, too, will pass.