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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
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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To: Enten
“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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To: jazusamo

14 trips in 11 months. Yep, she’s an Obamaite, all right.

I loved the comment about staff members volunteering for duty in Baghdad to get away from her.

Maybe this is a new sub-set of “Smart Politics” called “Diva Politics”.


21 posted on 02/04/2011 2:46:12 PM PST by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: skeeter

“Obama is an empty suit.

Hillary! is an empty pantsuit.”

Not to quibble, but BOTH are pantloads.


22 posted on 02/04/2011 2:46:37 PM PST by DrC
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To: blam; savedbygrace

LOL! I thought right off that more people know than her “hairdresser.”


23 posted on 02/04/2011 2:48:29 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: ArmstedFragg

There has to be truth to the allegations to separate old time staff from that posting to Iraq or Afghanistan.


24 posted on 02/04/2011 2:52:33 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: blam; Lazamataz

Let’s get a professional opinion.


25 posted on 02/04/2011 2:55:22 PM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: jazusamo
Used to be ALL our ambassadors were "non career" types, so you can imagine how great the parties were then!

My goodness, we had Joe Kennedy running our embassy in UK ~ and one does wonder at his contribution to liquor lore.

26 posted on 02/04/2011 3:18:20 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: jazusamo
I've been there, know people from there, and even know there are some families who keep up the tradition of speaking Latin (called Romansch or some such).

General Patton is revered as a godlike being of divine proportions.

27 posted on 02/04/2011 3:20:05 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

Heck, Joe probably had the staff making moonshine in the basement of the embassy on a profit sharing plan. :-)


28 posted on 02/04/2011 3:23:56 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: muawiyah

My son visited Luxembourg when he was stationed in Germany, said he enjoyed it very much.


29 posted on 02/04/2011 3:26:13 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
Obama Donor Brought U.S. Embassy To “State Of Dysfunction”

There, I fixed it.

30 posted on 02/04/2011 3:33:42 PM PST by RobertClark
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To: jazusamo
"My son visited Luxembourg when he was stationed in Germany, said he enjoyed it very much."

BUT, did he visit the Embassy?

31 posted on 02/04/2011 3:34:14 PM PST by jackibutterfly
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To: jackibutterfly

Ha! I doubt it and this was many years ago. I’m pretty sure he was more interested in their Stout, or something.


32 posted on 02/04/2011 3:38:57 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Obama is so bad that in 12 we will win all but the ‘safe’ Libnatic Districts.


33 posted on 02/04/2011 3:54:17 PM PST by screaminsunshine (Surfers Rule)
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To: Enten
where is Luxembourg again?”

At least they have their own "language", though in bordering areas of Germany, it's just considered a dialect of German. (German is a second language of many speakers of Austrian, as well.)

34 posted on 02/05/2011 4:38:55 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Socialists are to economics what circle squarers are to math; undaunted by reason or derision.)
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To: Chances Are

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luxembourgish_language


35 posted on 02/05/2011 4:40:23 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Socialists are to economics what circle squarers are to math; undaunted by reason or derision.)
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To: blam
She's got those crazy eyes....


36 posted on 02/05/2011 4:43:31 AM PST by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: muawiyah
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romansh_language

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luxembourgish_language

Luxembourgish is a German dialect, similar to Alsatian, Romansh is a Romance language spoken by a tiny minority of Swiss and is closer to French than any other major language.

BTW, my unit's Roman Catholic chaplain in Germany, who spent the War in Dachau for resistance to Nazis, had met Patton personally and had a very high opinion of him.

37 posted on 02/05/2011 4:48:29 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Socialists are to economics what circle squarers are to math; undaunted by reason or derision.)
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To: Mr. Lucky
Let’s get a professional opinion.

I wouldn't, even with Laz's.

38 posted on 02/05/2011 4:52:06 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Socialists are to economics what circle squarers are to math; undaunted by reason or derision.)
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To: jazusamo

She thought she was somebody


39 posted on 02/05/2011 4:57:20 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 .....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Way back when that area was a sea of Gallo speakers (the Germans having been kept conveniently OUT) Latin dialects were common ~ and not just in Switzerland.

The essence lingers ~ and Europeans have been allowed to move around on their own for quite some time now.

40 posted on 02/05/2011 8:12:10 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: jazusamo

‘Stroum was seen by most employees as “aggressive, bullying, hostile and intimidating,””

Typical liberal.


41 posted on 02/05/2011 8:16:44 AM PST by AuntB (Illegal immigration is simply more "share the wealth" socialism and a CRIME not a race!)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Nice find! I stand corrected!

CA....


42 posted on 02/05/2011 10:04:24 AM PST by Chances Are (Seems I've found that silly grin again....)
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To: jazusamo
My son visited Luxembourg when he was stationed in Germany, said he enjoyed it very much.

Same here. I played golf several times at a course next to the Luxembourg airport. Always felt welcome there.

43 posted on 02/05/2011 10:25:01 AM PST by Night Hides Not (If Dick Cheney = Darth Vader, then Joe Biden = Dark Helmet)
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To: Chances Are

That’s what made her so irreplaceable. She’s one of only 390,000 speakers worldwide.


44 posted on 02/05/2011 10:55:50 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Socialists are to economics what circle squarers are to math; undaunted by reason or derision.)
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