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Colin Powell is being called "the most heralded Secretary of State since General George C. Marshall," but critics question whether Powell has the vision and strategy to create effective foreign policy. Now, a tough new bipartisan report exposes the State department's insufficient management and antiquated information systems, which impact employee effectiveness and render facilities insecure. We ask officials and experts if a man known for his military achievements can revive the diplomatic corps, and see what President Bush can do about the state of State. (Syndicated columnist Matt Miller guest hosts.)
  • Newsmaker: Navy Opens Board of Inquiry on Fatal Submarine Accident - The Navy's board of inquiry opened in Honolulu today on the USS Greenville submarine accident that killed nine Japanese. The accident effectively ended the career of the captain. Brad Knickerbocker, of The Christian Science Monitor, says the grand jury-like hearing will decide the issue of his criminal responsibility.
  • Reporter's Notebook: Taliban Move to Destroy Buddhist Antiquities - The world is scrambling to stop the Taliban in Afghanistan from carrying out a holy edict to destroy priceless relics. Taliban spokesman Ramatullah Hasemi says the Council of Scholars was responding to UN sanctions that have resulted in the starvation of Afghani children. He questions UN dismissal of his country's future over concern for its past.

The Christian Science Monitor

Foreign Relations Council's State Department Reform report

Evan Thomas' Newsweek article on Powell

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