re: "Dream Ticket: In Answer To A Challenge"
His dream pick for secstate:
Has the intellect to handle the job, understands diplomacy and bureaucracy, and just likely ruthless enough to conspire with the SecDef to have a KEV drop in on the lace panty brigade at Foggy Bottom if it is the only way to clean up said institution. Has the intellectual chops to complement the NSA pick and would be a good with SecDef as well. "
Interesting choice, given how much he hates the State Dept. ever since he went through Hell adopting a child in Cambodia (I think it was Cambodia....), and was one of the people whom Angelina Jolie magically line-jumped.
There's a scene in Crown of Slaves where he made his feelings about consular personnel very clear, IIRC it involved them being vomited upon.