They said I need to stay relevant, it’s good for my reputation.”“I said, ‘Look now, if you don’t stay on these messages, I am going to call your boss,’” Smith remembers saying.“You wouldn’t call Barbara, would you? Earlier this month she wrote on her Facebook page: “Enough! Rice revealed in her memoirs the goods times she shared in Nova Scotia over 24 hours led to a change of heart.“I have been doing this too long, I thought.
Broad opposition to the Taliban was growing, and to the Bush administration’s point man on Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, it seemed that under the leadership of the charismatic officer Ahmad Shah Massoud, the Northern Alliance could be paving the way for a return to the relative stability the country had enjoyed for 50 years before the Soviet invasion of 1979. It looked like a new playbook was going to be needed to fight the Taliban. 11, Khalilzad walked into the White House Situation Room to work on finalizing a new directive for President Bush’s signature. Khalilzad paints a picture of White House staffers wandering aimlessly in the street. And from that day, to the fight against the Taliban and the war in Iraq, Khalilzad was a key figure for many of the signal decisions that would define that era, as he explains in his penetrating memoir “The Envoy: From Kabul to the White House, My Journey Through a Turbulent World” (St. Khalilzad, a Sunni who is the highest-ranking Muslim ever to serve in the federal government, became ambassador to both Afghanistan and Iraq in the Bush years, but long before that he had a knack for being in the room while history was being written.
A month later, Khomeini returned to Iran and swept to power as the shah fled.
Khalilzad was a State Department advisor in 1987 when the then-leader of the Afghan rebels who were fighting the Soviet invaders went to the White House, at his urging, to meet President Reagan.
Olivia Pope, television phenom and Washington fixer extraordinaire, seems to have found a fan in George H. When the show departed from Smith’s own biography and showed Pope having an affair with the president, who as a Navy veteran and scion of a wealthy Republican political family is a Bush-like figure, Smith felt that she had to give the now 90-year-old former president a heads up.“I had to quickly call President Bush to help frame the message.
Pope, the Kerry Washington character, is inspired by real-life crisis management pro Judy Smith, a consultant on the ABC show and one-time special assistant to Bush.