State Department blues

Salon is running a particularly disturbing and very detailed opinion piece by a current State Department official. The piece chronicles ongoing attempts on the part of neo-cons to infiltrate the last bastion of the US government that might offer dissenting views on their unabandoned, destructive, pro-Likud plans to reshape the Middle East. The writer is understandably distressed at the prospect of the State Department being taken over after Powell's term by someone like Wolfowitz or Condoleezza Rice.

Ursula Lindsey

Ursula Lindsey is the managing editor of the Arabist blog. She writes about culture, education and politics in the Arab world. She lived in Cairo from 2002 to 2013 and got her start at the ground-breaking independent magazine Cairo Times. She was the culture editor of Cairo magazine in 2005-2006 and served as special projects editor at the independent news site Mada Masr in 2013-2014. She is the Chronicle of Higher Education's Middle East correspondent. She contributes to the BBC-PRI radio program The World, and has written for Newsweek, The New York Times, The New Yorker online, Bookforum and the blog of the London Review of Books.