Because I think I’d be pretty good at this job:
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said today she will appoint a special envoy for energy issues to deal with the use of oil and gas for political means, particularly in Central Asia.
“I do intend to appoint, and we are looking for, a special energy coordinator who could especially spend time on the Central Asian and Caspian region,” she said. This person would also focus on increasing instability in world energy markets.
I have a master’s degree in this stuff, think Baku is a fine place to visit, and get along quite well with Russians, Azeris, and Kazakhs, especially when you throw in some Russki Standart. Dude, I would have those pipeline deals sealed in no time at all. Quite frankly, I don’t think you’ll find anyone more qualified than me (ok, except for maybe James Baker and a few other elder statesmen, but I would accept a much lower salary than they would).