Condi Rice - a little less useless......?
Part of that wasn't her fault. Part of it was the way the President balanced his advisers towards Cheney and Hadley so world leaders planned the goodwill waving ceremonies with Condi Rice and wait for Cheney or Hadley to cut a deal.
But something has changed.
Over the last two weeks, we've had the surprising shifts towards diplomacy on Iran policy, we've had the North Korea deal, and now we have what appears to be a (genuine, but too late to be effective) top level Israel-Palestine summit.
Something has substantially changed within the White House power balance. Cheney is way down and Condi Rice is rising.
(Also: Joint Chiefs Chair Mullen and SecDef Robert Gates seem to have taken on the foreign/defense/threatening role.)
What's happened? Health? A Bush-Cheney falling out?