The Associated Press has reported that the next U.S. Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs will be James K. Glassman. He will replace the infamous PR czar, Karen Hughes, one of the most important people in Bush’s government. Glassman had served on the Advisory Group on Public Diplomacy for the Arab and Muslim World, and he was chosen in part because he had already won Senate confirmation. It’s interesting to see that the appointment is played down in the U.S. no large scale announcement, as this is a case of the men/women of stealth moving into position. Unlike the frivolous arenas in the PR world, there is no intention of being too vocal – why show a winning hand in this game of poker? The silent masters are puppeteers, pulling the chords of power.