Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is heading back to Washington D.C. after a week at the United Nations.
United States prestige and influence took a beating from Russia, Iran and North Korea as Rice spent eight days trying to resurrect many of the Bush administration's important foreign policy goals with mixed results.
Rice achieved a breakthrough in Congress on the administration's civilian nuclear deal with India. But, North Kora has expelled U.N. atomic inspectors and said they would restart its once disabled reactor.
Russia, irate at criticism for its war with Georgia, stymied U.S. hopes for new U.N. sanctions on Iran over it's nuclear program And Pakistan insisted on respect for its sovereignty after a joint U.S. - Afghan incursion along the border with Afghanistan.
During the week at the U.N., Rice held more than 80 meetings with top foreign officials.