United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was upbeat about her trip to the United Nations because in two short days she had been able to accomplish numerous strategic objectives including a strong intervention on Zimbabwe with a call for President Robert Mugabe to step down and cede power.
Mugabe did not step down or cede power.
Rice lost her post when President George Bush stepped down at the end of his second term and the Republicans lost to the Democrats with Barack Obama taking over as President.
Viewing cable 08STATE133992, CONGRATULATIONS TO USUN
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SUBJECT: CONGRATULATIONS TO USUN
¶1. The Department would like to convey its gratitude to USUN
for making the Secretary’s December 15 – December 16 trip to
the UN a success on many levels. In two short days, we
accomplished numerous strategic objectives: a strong
intervention on Zimbabwe with a call for Robert Mugabe to
step down and cede power; a meeting of the Quartet; passage
of a UN Security Council resolution charting the way forward
on the Middle East by affirming the Annapolis Process; an
International Contact Group meeting on Somalia; a bilateral
meeting with the UK Foreign Minister to advance a PKO in
Somalia; and a historic Security Council resolution
authorizing the use of force to combat piracy on land in
Somalia. The Secretary was very pleased with the results of
her trip, and much of the credit for this successful visit
goes to USUN. The Department is grateful to those who
skillfully negotiated the two resolutions and to those who
organized the UN meetings for the Secretary.