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  • Turkey withdraws ambassador to Israel

    05/31/2010 1:32:38 PM PDT · by WKUHilltopper · 14 replies · 583+ views
    Journal Gazette ^ | 5/31/2010 | Selcan Hacaoglu, AP
    Turkey withdraws ambassador to Israel By Selcan Hacaoglu | Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey withdrew its ambassador to Israel and canceled three joint military drills on Monday after Israeli commandos killed at least 10 people and wounded dozens aboard a Palestinian aid convoy unofficially sponsored by Turkey. Furious Turkish protesters tried to storm Israel’s consulate in Istanbul then marched toward the city’s main square denouncing Israel because of the deaths, which drew condemnation from around the world. Arab countries expressed outrage and European countries with passengers aboard the ships summoned the Israeli ambassadors home and called for an investigation....
  • Vanity Question Regarding Alan Keyes

    03/01/2010 11:03:41 AM PST · by Global2010 · 11 replies · 386+ views
    Feb 2010
    Before I awoke this morning I had a dream. I dreamed of an idea and posting it to Free Republic. It seemed like a great idea during the dream. Here goes: Obama cannot find an Ambassador to the Vatican that the Vatican will accept. Obama wants to reach out or so he says to Conservatives..... I guess you all have guessed where this is going by now. Alan Keyes for Amabassador to the Vatican. In my dream some of you said Alan would never take such a position let alone under Obamas Presidency. I asked that Alan examine himself in...
  • Diplomat Whose Name Is Dirty Word in Arabic Rejected as Saudi Ambassador

    02/04/2010 12:46:51 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 48 replies · 1,319+ views
    FoxNews ^ | February 4, 2010
    A high-ranking Pakistani diplomat reportedly cannot be appointed ambassador to Saudi Arabia because in Arabic his name translates into a phrase more appropriate for a porn star, referring to the size of male genitals, Foreign Policy reported.
  • BREAKING: Iran Ambassador to Norway resigned/seeking asylum!

    01/05/2010 4:23:18 PM PST · by DGHoodini · 109 replies · 3,548+ views
    Twitter | Tues, January 5, 2010 | ?
    It's being tweeted that the Iranian Amb to Norway has resigned and is seeking asylum in Oslo. So far I have not seen it in the MSM. It's beeing tweeted that it is been published in a Norwegian paper. Anyone read the language? Things must be gettin real bad if Ambassadors are cutting and running, as one person posted.
  • Paying Off 'La Raza'

    12/17/2009 8:11:37 AM PST · by opentalk · 4 replies · 538+ views
    Townhall ^ | December 16, 2009 | Ben Shapiro
    If you were president of the United States, would you hire an alleged former spy for Fidel Castro to be ambassador to El Salvador, a country teetering on the brink of hard-core socialism? President Obama just did. On Dec. 9, Obama nominated Mari Del Carmen Aponte to be ambassador to El Salvador, despite the fact that in the late 1990s, the FBI discovered that she was working with Cuban intelligence officers. According to Insight Magazine, "When the FBI eventually questioned her about her involvement with Cuban intelligence, she reportedly refused to cooperate." Why would Aponte escape the Obama administration's scrutiny?...
  • Raised About Obama’s Nominee for El Salvador Ambassador

    12/10/2009 8:18:36 AM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies · 383+ views
    big government ^ | 12/10/09 | Publius
    Today, the Obama White House announced the nomination of Mari Del Carmen Aponte as U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador. It is not Ms. Aponte’s first brush with an ambassadorship. In 1998, President Clinton nominated her to be Ambassador to the Dominican Republic. She was forced to withdraw her name from consideration over allegations of ties to the Cuban spy agency. From Washington Times, January 25, 1999: Miss Aponte’s withdrawal from consideration for the Dominican Republic post came after she was questioned by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about her contacts with Cuban government employees or agents. She told the panel...
  • Dear Mr Ambassador (full text Pope Benedict's welcome address to new US ambassador Miguel Diaz)

    10/02/2009 4:17:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 532+ views
    witl ^ | October 2, 2009 | Rocco Palmo
    As promised, here's the fulltext of Pope Benedict's welcome address to the new US ambassador to the Holy See, Miguel Diaz, delivered within the hour: Your Excellency, I am pleased to accept the Letters by which you are accredited Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America. I recall with pleasure my meeting with President Barack Obama and his family last July, and willingly reciprocate the kind greetings which you bring from him. I also take this occasion to express my confidence that diplomatic relations between the United States and the Holy See, formally initiated twenty-five years...
  • Joe Wilson Lied

    09/15/2009 8:04:18 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 6 replies · 543+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 09-15-09 | Wordsmith
    This one: Not this one: Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) appears to be a decent and honorable man. Part of his background includes military service (with four sons currently serving). His impassioned outburst during President Obama's healthcare speech may seem out of step with his character and his military discipline, but he vented/channeled what many frustrated Americans were shouting into their tv sets, while provoking a million-mob strong march to turn out in D.C.: You LIE. Not only is former ambassador Joe Wilson a liar; but the current president of the United States is one, too. Congressman Wilson broke decorum and...
  • What's the dirt on Jeffrey Bleich?

    09/13/2009 11:29:16 PM PDT · by beagleone · 9 replies · 1,147+ views
    Vanity | 9/14/09
    The Obama Administration has named Jeffrey Bleich as US Ambassador to Australia. Does anyone have any dirt on him that would normally not be found in the mainstream media reports on his appointment? I'm in Australia and I'm trying to research this lib. Van Jones style dirt would be awesome but I'll settle for just super-lib stuff. Thanks.
  • Vatican rejects Kennedy diplomat role (Caroline)

    08/28/2009 1:24:49 AM PDT · by South40 · 18 replies · 1,280+ views
    Irish Times.com ^ | April 13, 2009 | PADDY AGNEW
    ITALIAN MEDIA sources last weekend reported that the Holy See has rejected the possible appointment of Caroline Kennedy as US Ambassador to the Vatican. Milan-based daily Il Giornale, owned by the family of Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, said that the Vatican has rejected three possible choices by the Obama government for the post of US ambassador, including that of Caroline Kennedy, daughter of John F Kennedy. Il Giornale claims that the appointment of a new US ambassador to succeed Mary Ann Glendon has proved difficult because of the “strained” relations between the White House and the Holy See,...
  • Obama's Vatican ambassador arrives in Rome

    08/27/2009 12:44:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies · 1,007+ views
    cna ^ | August 27, 2009
    Dr. Miguel Humberto Diaz Rome, Italy, Aug 27, 2009 / 12:03 pm (CNA).- This morning Dr. Miguel Diaz arrived in Rome with his family to begin serving in his new position as the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See. Ambassador-designate Diaz said that he and his family are looking forward to the coming weeks and that he hopes to "deepen and expand upon the special relationship" between the U.S. and the Vatican.Dr. Miguel Humberto Diaz, arrived with his family this morning at Rome's Fiumicino International Airport. Prior to leaving the U.S. he was sworn in as ambassador on August...
  • Sweden at Odds with Ambassador over Anti-Israel Article

    08/20/2009 9:24:40 AM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies · 608+ views
    Israelnationalnews.com ^ | 8/20/09 | staff
    (IsraelNN.com) The Swedish government distanced itself Thursday from an ambassador's condemnation of an article accusing Israeli troops of stealing Palestinian Authority Arabs' organs. The Swedish Foreign Ministry clarified that, unlike Ambassador to Israel Elisabet Borsiin Bonnier, it does not view the article as “appalling.” In addition to calling the article “shocking and appalling,” Bonnier said, “freedom of the press and freedom of expression are freedoms which carry a certain responsibility.”
  • Vatican ambassador nominee will adopt 'common ground approach'

    07/23/2009 6:21:02 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies · 554+ views
    cna ^ | July 22, 2009
    Dr. Miguel Diaz Washington D.C., Jul 22, 2009 / 05:12 pm (CNA).- Dr. Miguel Diaz, President Obama's nominee to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, spoke at his confirmation hearing this morning in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. In his remarks, Diaz pledged to "embrace President Obama and Secretary Clinton's diplomatic vision of leading through active listening and learning from others to seek common ground."Before delivering his remarks, Diaz was introduced by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), who described him as "a faithful Catholic...a gifted theologian...a respected scholar...a natural teacher...and a dedicated bridge-builder." According to...
  • Ambassador Praises Task Force for Contributions in Iraq

    07/16/2009 4:31:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 181+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Mark Miranda, USA
    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq, July 16, 2009 – The U.S. ambassador to Iraq met with soldiers and leaders of Task Force Pathfinder here July 12 to thank them for their contributions and to discuss military support of provincial reconstruction teams in Iraq. U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Christopher R. Hill talks with Army Lt. Col. Michael Eastman, commander of Task Force Pathfinder, July 12, 2009, at Contingency Operating Base Adder near Nasiriyah, Iraq. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Mark Miranda  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “What we’re seeing is a crucial year, and it’s good to see the military...
  • A few words of advice for Israel's new diplomatic face in the U.S.

    07/13/2009 10:03:20 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 1 replies · 279+ views
    haaretz.com ^ | July 13, 2009 | By Marco Greenberg
    When's the last time the Government of Israel made a decision that really and truly made you proud? This week's This Hyphenated Life column is dedicated to just such a moment. While Bibi's speech to the Arab world in Cairo last month might have done it for some, in most cases, this bloated government is not a source of inspiration. Yet, I had such a 'wow, that's terrific' reaction after hearing that Michael Oren was appointed as Israel's next ambassador to the United States. Rather than just echo the initial reactions, let's both provide perspective and look forward. Not only...
  • Maltese newspaper editor comments on Kmiec’s proposed ambassadorship

    07/08/2009 10:03:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies · 530+ views
    cna ^ | July 8, 2009
    Valletta, Malta, Jul 8, 2009 / 12:14 am (CNA).- The editor of a Malta newspaper has commented on President Barack Obama’s choice of Prof. Doug Kmiec as ambassador to Malta, describing the appointment as “somewhat of a poisoned chalice” and noting the controversies concerning Kmiec and his campaign to elect Obama to the American presidency.Noel Grima, editor of the Malta Independent Online, said that though Kmiec was a Catholic and a pro-life person he has “fallen foul” of some Catholic leaders for his public stances on abortion and other pro-life issues.Noting Kmiec’s past as a law school dean, a law...
  • Donors Find a Home in Obama's Ambassador Corps

    07/03/2009 6:52:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies · 343+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 7/3/09 | JONATHAN WEISMAN and YUKA HAYASHI
    The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo has seen its share of luminaries in the ambassador's suite. Former Vice President Walter Mondale, former Senate Majority Leaders Mike Mansfield and Howard Baker and former House Speaker Tom Foley are among those who have brokered relations with a complex and critical ally in a region bristling with military and trade tensions.
  • Another Chicagoan, Fay Hartog-Levin, tapped for Obama ambassadorship

    07/02/2009 2:40:53 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 15 replies · 564+ views
    suntimes.com ^ | July 2, 2009 | Lynn Sweet
    Another Chicago area resident, Fay Hartog-Levin, a longtime Democratic activist and fund-raiser and an early career supporter of Barack Obama, was tapped Thursday to be ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Her husband, Daniel Levin, is the chairman of The Habitat Company and the founder of the East Bank Club. Valerie Jarrett, before joining the Obama White House as a senior advisor, was the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Habitat Company. Levin's cousins are Michigan Democrats, Sen. Carl Levin and his brother, Rep. Sandy Levin. A Winnetka resident, Hartog-Levin is a senior consultant at the Res Publica...
  • Holy See ambassador nominee faces ‘difficult task’ in Rome, Weigel says

    07/02/2009 10:04:31 AM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies · 300+ views
    cna ^ | July 2, 2009
    Washington D.C., Jul 2, 2009 / 01:25 am (CNA).- Catholic commentator George Weigel has written an “open letter” to Dr. Miguel Diaz, President Obama’s nominated ambassador to the Holy See, advising him to focus on common agreement between the Vatican and the United States in his “difficult task.”Writing in his weekly column, Weigel suggested Diaz, a theology professor at St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict in Minnesota, cultivate intellectual contacts during his diplomatic work. According to Weigel—who is biographer of the late Pope John Paul II—previous Ambassadors Jim Nicholson and Mary Ann Glendon were “particularly successful”...
  • Study: 19 Ambassador Nominees Bundled $4.8 Million for President's Campaign, Inauguration

    06/19/2009 8:44:26 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 8 replies · 536+ views
    ABC News ^ | June 19, 2009 | Jake Tapper
    If all goes according to plan, Colorado businessman Vinai Thummalapally will soon be moving to a Central American tourist paradise to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Belize. Thummalapally was President Obama's roommate at Occidental College in 1979. As Barbara and Vinai Thummalapally described it to the Colorado Springs Gazette, they "used to party with (the president) in college. He was the guy who'd drink a few beers, maybe take a toke, stay up until 4 a.m. then excuse himself to crank out an 'A' paper due that morning. ... He was Barry, the...
  • King rejected Obama's offer to become ambassador (Peter King-Rep, NY)

    06/17/2009 9:09:01 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 24 replies · 906+ views
    Newsday ^ | 6-16-09 | Reid J. Epstein
    Rep. Peter King in January turned down an offer from President Barack Obama to be ambassador to Ireland, according to a source with knowledge of the discussions. Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel called King the week before the inauguration with the offer, said the source, who declined to be identified. King turned it down, the source said, because he couldn't go along with Obama foreign policy. King also was reluctant to live so far away from his family. King, who often touts his Irish heritage, declined to comment Tuesday. "I had a lot of conversations with Rahm Emanuel and...
  • City in Oklahoma Appoints Ambassador to Military Families

    06/03/2009 6:11:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 208+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 3, 2009 – Having been part of their tightly knit community all her life, Teresa Vance always has had an interest in military families. Her father made a career out of the Army, serving in World War II and Korea. Her husband was a career surface warfare officer in the Navy, and her son spent four years in the Marine Corps. The city commission of Enid, Okla., has appointed Teresa Vance as the city’s official ambassador to military families. Vance was born into an Army family and married a career naval officer. Courtesy photo   (Click photo for...
  • Obama picks Cuban Liberation theologian as US Ambassador to the Holy See

    05/28/2009 6:20:01 AM PDT · by NYer · 62 replies · 2,195+ views
    cna ^ | May 28, 2009
    Professor Miguel H. Diaz, PhD Washington D.C., May 28, 2009 / 01:35 am (CNA).- In a surprising move, President Barack Obama announced on Wednesday evening that Miguel H. Diaz, Ph.D., a 45 year old lay Liberation theologian born in Havana (Cuba) is his pick to become the United States Ambassador to the Holy See.An associate professor of theology at St. John's University and the College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota, Diaz, a strong Obama supporter and father of four, earned his bachelor’s degree from St. Thomas University in Miami, Fla., and his master’s and doctorate in theology from the...
  • Obama Finds His Vatican Ambassador

    05/27/2009 8:05:22 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 51 replies · 1,948+ views
    The Corner ^ | 5/27/2009 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    A Hispanic Roman Catholic theologian who advised Barack Obama's presidential campaign is the Obama administration's choice to serve as U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. The White House announced Wednesday it plans to nominate Miguel H. Diaz, an associate professor of theology at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minn., for the post. Diaz, 45, a Cuban-American, was a member of the Obama campaign's Catholic advisory board. Diaz was among 26 Catholics who signed a statement supporting the nomination of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius...
  • Jon Huntsman: The Dems GOP Choice for 2012?

    05/19/2009 11:50:43 AM PDT · by Scott Martin · 12 replies · 835+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | 5-19-09 | London Locke
    President Obama’s campaign manager, David Plouffe, said that Governor Huntsman makes him a "wee bit queasy.” He is referring to Huntsman supposedly being a legitimate challenger to President Obama in 2012/2016. After Plouffe’s comment Huntsman got a lot of media play, which has intensified with him being picked as the new ambassador to China. The Democrats know exactly what they are doing placing a moderate-squishy Republican in the limelight. I guess the Dems apparent fear is supposed to make us start screaming to have Huntsman as the Republican nominee in 2012. They media think the message from his ambassadorship is...
  • Former President Bill Clinton named special U.N. envoy to Haiti

    05/18/2009 4:41:33 PM PDT · by jazminerose · 32 replies · 928+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 05/18/2009 | Jaqueline Charles
    Former President Bill Clinton, who has committed his philanthropic efforts to helping hurricane ravaged Haiti, has been named a special envoy to the Caribbean nation on behalf of the United Nations. The honor comes two months after Clinton visited Haiti along with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in an effort to raise global attention to the country's effort to rebuild following a year of natural disasters that wreaked havoc on the Haitian economy, its people and its already fragile landscape. The four back-to-back storms left almost 800 dead and created nearly $1 billion in damage.
  • Obamanation nominates Utah Gov Huntsman as Ambassador to China

    05/16/2009 6:39:43 AM PDT · by BlackjackPershing · 13 replies · 1,083+ views
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  • Israeli Americans proud one of their own named ambassador to U.S.

    05/11/2009 2:59:32 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 3 replies · 376+ views
    Ha'aretz ^ | 08/05/2009 | Raphael Ahren
    Some call him the new Moshe Arens, others compare him to Benjamin Netanyahu - either way Michael Oren has become one of Israel's most prominent English speakers since being named the new ambassador to the United States this week. While many in the local Anglo community celebrated their fellow immigrant's success, friends and companions reminisced this week about different aspects of the eclectic scholar-turned-diplomat's personality. Jewish Agency spokesman Michael Jankelowitz met him in the early 1980s, while Oren was working on his Ph.D. at Princeton University. Jankelowitz, who was an emissary for American campus activity at the time, says Oren...
  • White House and Rome (Who Will Be the Next U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican?)

    05/05/2009 7:24:26 AM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies · 862+ views
    NCR ^ | May 5, 2009 | Edward Pentin
    Speculation continues over who President Barack Obama might pick as U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, with concern that he may choose a pro-abortion candidate in line with his own radical anti-life position.But is that possible? And how would the Vatican respond? Like any other state, the Vatican does not impose on another state that an ambassador hold certain views, nor does it generally carry out a vetting process into a person’s beliefs and ideas. But it does require that a candidate be “in good standing” within his or her faith community.Diplomats in Rome said what that means depends on...
  • General Retires, Readies to Become Ambassador to Afghanistan

    04/28/2009 5:53:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 457+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 28, 2009 – Army Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry retired here today, 24 hours before being sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, dons a U.S. Army ball cap at the conclusion of the retirement ceremony for Army Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry, Pentagon, Hall of Heroes, April 28, 2009. Eikenberry retires after 35 years of service and will be sworn in as the new U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan in a ceremony tomorrow by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st...
  • First Lebanese ambassador to Syria arrives in Damascus

    04/20/2009 4:43:36 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 1 replies · 291+ views
    DPA ^ | Apr 20, 2009 | Staff
    Damascus - Michel al-Khoury, the first Lebanese ambassador to Syria, arrived in Damascus Monday, in a further step toward normal diplomatic relations between the two countries. 'I am very happy to be the representative of my country in Syrian territory,' Khoury told the German News Agency dpa on Monday. 'I am now waiting for an appointment to present my credentials to President Bashar al-Assad.' Representatives of the Syrian Foreign Ministry and Nasri al-Khoury, head of the High Syrian-Lebanese Council, greeted the Lebanese ambassador to Syria at the border. Lebanon opened its embassy in Damascus in mid-March, but no Syrian officials...
  • Israel Recalls Ambassador After Swiss Leader Meets with Ahmedinejad

    04/20/2009 4:41:00 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 3 replies · 384+ views
    VOA News ^ | 20 April 2009 | Luis Ramirez
    Israel has recalled its ambassador to Switzerland after Swiss President Hans-Rudolf Merz met with Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmedinejad. The meeting happened on the sidelines of a U.N. racism conference that Israel says had an anti-Israeli agenda. Israel's government saw the meeting between the Swiss leader and Mahmoud Ahmedinejad as an insult and recalled its ambassador to Switzerland to show its displeasure. Mr. Ahmedinejad has called for the destruction of Israel and has suggested the Holocaust, in which six million Jews perished, did not happen. Israel: Swiss decision 'a mistake' Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor tells VOA Israel considers Switzerland...
  • Vatican Reportedly Rejects Three Obama Choices for Ambassador

    04/10/2009 8:52:51 AM PDT · by kellynla · 5 replies · 564+ views
    humanevents.com ^ | 04/10/2009 | Connie Hair
    Well, at least they all paid their taxes. At least we think so. That’s apparently the only non-controversial thing about President Obama’s personnel choices: one, a a militant gay rights activist appointed to the Faith-Based Initiatives Advisory Council, and three more pro-choice Catholic picks for ambassador to the Vatican who have all reportedly been rejected. I spoke with Dr. Bill Donohue, President and CEO of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, the nation's largest Catholic civil rights organization, about these nominations, appointments and behind-the-scenes maneuvers. Although Donahue could not give names of those rejected by the church, he...
  • Vatican Unhappy with Obama Ambassador Picks

    04/04/2009 5:21:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies · 1,009+ views
    NewsMax ^ | April 2, 2009 | Edward Pentin
    As President Barack Obama continues to focus on his political base and push through policies that are anathema to the pro-life movement, he is having difficulty finding a suitable candidate to represent his administration at the Vatican. According to Massimo Franco, author of "Parallel Empires," a recently published book on U.S.-Vatican relations, the Obama administration has put forward three candidates for consideration but each of them have been deemed insufficiently pro-life by the Vatican. One of the few conditions the Vatican places on diplomats accredited to the Holy See is that they hold pro-life views in line with Church teaching....
  • Eikenberry Pledges to Work Toward Afghanistan’s Long-term Success

    03/26/2009 4:25:47 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 218+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 26, 2009 – Army Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry, former top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, told a Senate committee today he'll assume the ambassadorship there with a clear recognition that success in both Afghanistan and Pakistan is vital to U.S. national security.Eikenberry, President Barack Obama’s nominee as ambassador to Afghanistan, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee his career has centered around Afghanistan since a terrorist-comandeered aircraft hit the Pentagon just below where he was working on 9/11. “Afghanistan is where the cold-blooded September the 11th, 2001, attacks upon the United States were conceived and they were directed,” he...
  • Rooney nominated to be U.S. ambassador to Ireland ( PIT Steelers Owner )

    03/17/2009 8:48:25 AM PDT · by kellynla · 26 replies · 960+ views
    sportsnetwork.com ^ | 3/17/2009 | staff
    Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney was nominated to be the U.S. ambassador to Ireland by President Barack Obama on Tuesday. Rooney, 76, is a lifelong Republican, but he endorsed Obama in Pennsylvania's Democratic primary and later campaigned for him in western Pennsylvania during the general election. "I am honored and grateful that such a dedicated and accomplished individual has agreed to serve as the representative of the United States to the Irish people," said Obama. "Dan Rooney is an unwavering supporter of Irish peace, culture, and education, and I have every confidence that he and...
  • Rooney Rumored To Become Ambassador To Ireland (Steelers Chairman)

    03/11/2009 2:48:47 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 10 replies · 430+ views
    KDKA ^ | 3/11/09
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) Rumors are swirling that the man most identified with the Pittsburgh Steelers is about to be named Ambassador to Ireland. Dan Rooney has had a long interest in the land of his grandparents and this appointment would cap it off. Even before Barack Obama was sworn in as president, KDKA-TV Political Editor Jon Delano reported that Rooney was a possible candidate to be Ambassador to Ireland. Now just days before St. Patrick's Day, a time when such appointments are often announced, the unofficial word out of Washington is the man whose team won the Super Bowl could himself...
  • Mauritania expels Israeli ambassador

    03/08/2009 5:51:36 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 5 replies · 404+ views
    Ha'aretz ^ | 07/03/2009 | Barak Ravid
    The Foreign Ministry said Friday it had closed its embassy after the government of this overwhelmingly Muslim West African nation asked the Israeli ambassador and his staff to leave. The move came after Mauritania's military junta recalled its own ambassador from Israel last month. In January, Mauritania said it was suspending ties with Israel over its military offensive against Hamas in Gaza. "Following the Mauritanian government's decision, on January 16th 2009, to freeze diplomatic relations with Israel, and at its request, Israel will close its embassy in Nouakchott as of today," Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said in a...
  • Could Caroline Kennedy be Barack Obama’s ambassador to London?

    12/27/2008 9:41:32 PM PST · by melt · 36 replies · 1,165+ views
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | 12/27/08 | Toby Harnden
    The always compelling Steve Clemons has an intriguing suggestion for President-elect Barack Obama: send Caroline Kennedy to the Court of James's as the United States ambassador to the United Kingdom. Kennedy, of course, is currently going hell for leather to get Hillary Clinton's seat in the Senate. But she's already encountering problems. The electorate - Governor David Paterson - is said to be cheesed off at the presumptuousness of the way she's going about landing the job. Her ties to Mayor Michael Bloomberg are problematic. And then there's the small issue of her never having been elected to anything in...
  • Susan Rice is another wrong-on-Iraq nominee

    12/02/2008 4:50:30 PM PST · by SJackson · 4 replies · 465+ views
    Capital Times ^ | 12-2-08 | John Nichols
    On the outside chance that anyone thought that Susan Rice might be the exception to the rule of wrong thinking that characterizes Barack Obama's foreign policy team -- well, think again. Obama's nominee to serve as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations had this to say in 2003 after Secretary of State Colin Powell made a wholly absurd presentation to a plenary session of the United Nations Security Council regarding the supposed threat posed by those imaginary Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. "I think he (Powell) has proved that Iraq has these weapons and is hiding them," said Rice,...
  • Obama Nominees Signal Radical Pro-U.N. Agenda

    12/02/2008 1:34:46 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 21 replies · 658+ views
    aim.org ^ | November 30, 2008 | Cliff Kincaid
    With the nominations of Clinton as Secretary of State and Rice as United Nations Ambassador, Obama’s global agenda is becoming clear. He wants to dramatically expand the power of the U.N., a corrupt global institution that is infested with spies for foreign and hostile interests. Obama’s record in the Senate included sponsorship of the pro-U.N. Global Poverty Act and co-sponsorship of the Jubilee Act. These two foreign aid spending measures alone would cost $920 billion to implement. Obama also wants to pass several controversial U.N. treaties and says that he would consider joining the International Criminal Court, a U.N. institution...
  • Kmiec for Vatican Ambassador

    11/24/2008 3:40:59 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 13 replies · 531+ views
    America - The National Catholic Weekly ^ | 2008-11-23 | Michael Sean Winters
    Ambassador to the Holy See is not like most ambassadorships. For starters, the First Amendment notwithstanding, it is the only position in the U.S. government that involves formal recognition of religion. Ambassadors are not accredited to the Vatican City-State, the 103 acres on the west bank of the Tiber that give territorial reality to papal independence. Ambassadors are accredited to the Holy See, that is, to the Pope in his capacity as leader of the Catholic Church. This was the grounds for opposition to the establishment of formal diplomatic relations from both conservative, evangelical Christians and from the ACLU, two...
  • KENYAN AMBASSADOR SENDS PROTEST NOTE TO SENATOR BARAK OBAMA

    11/02/2008 6:58:58 AM PST · by ml/nj · 35 replies · 3,531+ views
    Republic of Kenya Website !!! ^ | August 31st, 2006 | PETER N.R.O. OGEGO (Ambassador Designate, Kenya)
    YOUR REMARKS IN BAD TASTE, INJURIOUS TO KENYA/US BILATERAL RELATIONS Mr. Senator, 1. I hereby wish to communicate to you the displeasure and disappointment of the Government of Kenya, the Kenya Embassy, Washington D.C. and the majority of Kenyans with regards to your recent utterances while in Kenya. Your unprovoked and uncalled for statements were in bad taste, particularly given that your visit was very well arranged in advance with full briefings given to your office in Washington D.C. by the Kenya Embassy. And, rather than nurture and strengthen the existing cordial and mutually beneficial relations between USA and Kenya,...
  • Pakistan - Abducted Afghan envoy released

    09/29/2008 11:31:57 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 2 replies · 275+ views
    geo.tv ^ | September 30, 2008
    KHYBER AGENCY: The abducted Afghan ambassador designate to Pakistan, Abdul Khaliq Farahi Monday reached Peshawar after being released, official sources said. Earlier, the Afghan Embassy had also confirmed his release. The Afghan envoy was kidnapped on September 22 from Hayatabad area in Peshawar. His driver was killed by the kidnappers.
  • Pakistan - Afghan diplomat abducted in Peshawar, his driver killed

    09/22/2008 3:00:16 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 4 replies · 219+ views
    AFP via translation | September 22, 2008
    via translation - ALERT - An Afghan consul kidnapped in Pakistan, his driver killed PESHAWAR (Pakistan) - The Consul General of Afghanistan in Peshawar, northwestern Pakistan, was kidnapped Monday by unidentified attackers who killed his driver in an ambush, announced the Afghan consulate.
  • Pakistan - Czech Republic ambassador killed in Marriott attack

    09/21/2008 2:01:50 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 13 replies · 793+ views
    AFP via translation | September 21, 2008
    via translation - ALERT - Pakistan: the Czech ambassador was killed PRAGUE - The Czech Republic's ambassador to Pakistan, which had called for help from the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad shortly after the attack Saturday, died Sunday announced in Prague public television CT 24.
  • Venezuela kicks out US ambassador

    09/11/2008 8:37:32 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 27 replies · 552+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 12 September 2008
    VENEZUELAN President Hugo Chavez expelled the US envoy to Caracas today and threatened to halt crude exports to the US on a day he highlighted the recent arrival of two Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers. Mr Chavez today ordered US ambassador Patrick Duddy to leave the country within 72 hours, in a move he described as an act of solidarity with Venezuela's ally Bolivia, which also expelled its US envoy. "Starting at this moment the Yankee ambassador in Caracas has 72 hours to leave Venezuela," Mr Chavez said at a public event in the port city of Puerto Cabello, 120km west...
  • U.S. Ambassador Warned Georgia Not to Invade

    08/22/2008 10:25:52 AM PDT · by naturalized · 138 replies · 479+ views
    The International Herald Tribune ^ | August 22, 2008 | Associated Press
    The U.S. ambassador to Russia has told a Russian daily that Washington strongly urged Georgia not to invade its breakaway province of South Ossetia . . . .
  • Anne Armstrong dies at 80

    07/30/2008 9:53:27 AM PDT · by lqcincinnatus · 19 replies · 290+ views
    Corpus Christi Caller Times ^ | July 30, 2008 | Jaime Powell
    South Texas political legend Anne Legendre Armstrong, 80, died of cancer in a Houston hospice early this morning, her office has confirmed. Armstrong, a former U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain and sitting Kenedy County Commissioner, played a conquering role in Republican politics as a national leader of the party, serving as a cabinet-level adviser to Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford and an adviser to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush on foreign intelligence. As news of her death spread among close friends and political associates Wednesday morning, Vice President Dick Cheney, a regular visitor to the Armstrong Ranch...
  • British Journalist to Try to Make Citizen's Arrest of John Bolton During U.K. Trip

    05/28/2008 9:52:09 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 45 replies · 114+ views
    British Journalist to Try to Make Citizen's Arrest of John Bolton During U.K. Trip Wednesday, May 28, 2008 John Bolton may need some additional protection at his speech Wednesday evening in Wales, United Kingdom, as a journalist from the Guardian newspaper plans on making a citizen's arrest of the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Bolton is appearing at the Hay Literary Festival in Wales to promote his new book, "Surrender Is Not an Option: Defending America at the United Nations." The Telegraph newspaper reports that George Monbiot wants to arrest Bolton for war crimes as the ambassador prepares...