"Hughes said her remarks were part of a U.S. policy of "slowly advancing ideas" with the Saudis. "My job is to raise issues in, I hope, a respectful way, to help other countries understand concerns Americans have," she said.
Interesting. I assumed that Hughes saw her "job" as a PR effort to explain the US and its policies to the the Arab and Islamic Worlds. That would a normal diplomatic function. But, from what she has said in Egypt and Saudi Arabia it appears that she believes she has been sent forth to change the behavior and culture of these countries by "jaw-boning" them into seeing the error of their ancient ways. A belief in the possibility of success in that endeavor could only be described as breathtaking in its arrogance and ignorance.
Islamic culture has existed in a state of internal tension between tradition and modernism ever since its emergence in the Seventh Century of the Common Era. In every age there have been "reformers" who sought to adapt Islamic practise to what they saw as the need to re-interpret doctrine to fit changing circumstance. A long list of those variously condemned as heretics, apostates or outright unbelievers because they pursued such goals would be easy to produce. It would be a long list extending in time over many, many centuries.
The religion, especially in its Sunni (majority) form is remarkably resistant to change. In Arabic the word for innovation and the word for heresy are the same word (bida’). Perhaps that should tell us something.
Upon reflection, it is easy to see that the assignment of this Texas politician to the task of "converting" Islam and the culture of the Arabs into something that will "fit in" in Houston or Fort Worth is part and parcel of the administration’s understanding of the world.
After all, these are the same people (with Jacobin reinforcements) who believed that Iraqis were eagerly awaiting the arrival of Western troops in order to throw off old, outmoded ways, embrace such ideas as "one man, one vote" and essentially become US.
Incredible. I wonder how long it will be until Hughes follows Beers and Tutwiler into oblivion.