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Obama Donor Brought U.S. Embassy To “State Of Dysfunction”
Judicial Watch ^ | February 4, 2011

Posted on 02/04/2011 2:10:33 PM PST by jazusamo

An Obama fundraiser awarded a cushy European ambassadorship after bundling more than half a million dollars for his presidential campaign ran her U.S. embassy like a hostile dictator, spent government funds on booze and bullied staff.

Here comes the good part. State Department leadership (that includes Secretary of State Hillary Clinton) knew all about it but took no action, presumably because the wealthy donor—a Seattle philanthropist named Cynthia Stroum—is untouchable. At least that’s what an internal State Department investigation seems to indicate.

Made public this week, a scathing report of the probe says that during her year-long tenure as U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg Stroum brought the embassy “to a state of dysfunction” with her “confrontational management style” and an “absence of a sense of direction.” Things got so out of control that career staffers requested transfers to less than desirable locations such as Iraq and Afghanistan.

Stroum was seen by most employees as "aggressive, bullying, hostile and intimidating," according to investigators, who recommended that Uncle Sam deploy medical professionals to Luxembourg to treat high stress levels among embassy employees. Stroum also did unscrupulous things like spend $3,400 on alcohol, even though it’s against regulations.

In short, Obama’s cherished money lady left the otherwise quaint embassy in the tiny European country a disaster. She quit abruptly a few weeks ago because the inspector general’s report—prepared last fall—was becoming public. The State Department has made no official announcement and clearly prefers to pretend the scandal never happened.

It appears that those who donate enough money to the right politician can get away with anything at the agency responsible for America’s international relations. At least that’s what its internal watchdog has concluded, that Stroum’s behavior is not unique among “non-career ambassadors” (wealthy donors rewarded with plum foreign posts) but routinely tolerated by State Department leadership.



TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: clinton; foo; foreignrelations; luxembourg; obama; statedept; stroum
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Little wonder our foreign relations are in the tank with ambassadors like Stroum being appointed by our foreign relations deaf president.
1 posted on 02/04/2011 2:10:38 PM PST by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

“Let me make this clear.....uhmm...where is Luxembourg again?”


2 posted on 02/04/2011 2:17:51 PM PST by Enten (How's that hopey changey thing working out for you?)
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To: jazusamo

“Let me make this clear.....uhmm...where is Luxembourg again?”


3 posted on 02/04/2011 2:18:17 PM PST by Enten (How's that hopey changey thing working out for you?)
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To: jazusamo

Why the fuss? Obamma has brought much of the globe to a state of dysfunction. To jump on Luxembourgh is unfair!


4 posted on 02/04/2011 2:18:32 PM PST by blackdog
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To: Enten

Had a rommate in school from Luxembourgh. What an elitist!


5 posted on 02/04/2011 2:19:38 PM PST by blackdog
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To: jazusamo

Untouchable?


6 posted on 02/04/2011 2:19:51 PM PST by Jolla
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To: jazusamo
Things got so out of control that career staffers requested transfers to less than desirable locations such as Iraq and Afghanistan That is a bad sign. I wonder if this is the embassy that had that crystal stemware contract? The contractor was a buddy of Clinton.
7 posted on 02/04/2011 2:20:18 PM PST by ColdOne
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To: Enten

Granted, it’s pretty hard to find even on a large map. :)


8 posted on 02/04/2011 2:21:43 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

My God! This could have a negative effect on US-Luxembourg relations!


9 posted on 02/04/2011 2:22:08 PM PST by struwwelpeter
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To: jazusamo

the longer these tyrants hold power, the more we will learn...up to the point of nausea


10 posted on 02/04/2011 2:24:02 PM PST by Loud Mime (If you don't believe in God, you will believe in government. Choose your "G")
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“Just so we are really clear here...

“I asked this woman to accept this important ambassadorial post because, among other things, she speaks fluent Luxembourgese.

“Any questions?”

CA....

11 posted on 02/04/2011 2:24:54 PM PST by Chances Are (Seems I've found that silly grin again....)
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To: jazusamo

Luxembourg.

How on earth can one screw up Luxembourg???

She spread her legs for the cash she used to buy that cush position.


12 posted on 02/04/2011 2:25:06 PM PST by NoLibZone
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To: jazusamo
Obama is an empty suit.

Hillary! is an empty pantsuit.

13 posted on 02/04/2011 2:27:14 PM PST by skeeter
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To: struwwelpeter

We’ll send the Marx brothers over there to fix things. If they were alive.


14 posted on 02/04/2011 2:27:35 PM PST by boomop1
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To: skeeter

Bump times two!


15 posted on 02/04/2011 2:28:51 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Chances Are

*LOL*


16 posted on 02/04/2011 2:30:24 PM PST by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: jazusamo

What is dysfunction in the context of the State Department? Isn’t that the normal environment?


17 posted on 02/04/2011 2:30:39 PM PST by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: jazusamo

18 posted on 02/04/2011 2:41:01 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

Hair color from a bottle, fashion sense from a cartoon.


19 posted on 02/04/2011 2:42:51 PM PST by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: Enten

General Patton is buried there.


20 posted on 02/04/2011 2:43:36 PM PST by Peter W. Kessler (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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