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  • Obama nominates fundraiser to Paris post

    06/06/2014 3:07:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 6, 2014 5:24 PM EDT | Jim Kuhnhenn
    President Barack Obama has nominated a big-dollar political fundraiser for the president and the CEO of an economic and political advisory firm, Jane Hartley, to be the U.S. ambassador to France. Hartley is the CEO of Observatory Group and raised more than $500,000 for Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. …
  • Franken opposes Obama choice for Norway ambassador

    06/03/2014 5:29:47 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 27 replies
    TwinCities.com ^ | 6/3/14 | AP
    Minnesota Sen. Al Franken says he opposes President Barack Obama's nominee for U.S. ambassador to Norway. Franken says he agrees with the Norwegian-American community's doubts over whether George Tsunis would be an effective ambassador. Franken made his comments in a letter Monday to Secretary of State John Kerry. The Minnesota Democrat, who is running for re-election, says he will vote against confirming Tsunis if it comes up for a vote in the Senate.
  • Former US ambassador to Syria: I couldn’t defend US policy any longer

    06/03/2014 12:56:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/03/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    US Ambassador Robert Ford resigned from his State Department post a month ago, after a long and difficult time as the envoy to Syria. Ford showed great personal courage in his service while Bashar al-Assad instigated attacks on Western embassies and eventually provoked a massive civil war which has turned into a regional threat, thanks to the collapse of his power in large regions of Syria. The collapse of American policy in Syria over the past year was presumed to have prompted Ford’s departure, which he confirms with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an interview today.This is interesting for more...
  • Refused:Boko Haram as a terror group even after it threatened to murder the US ambassador to Nigeria

    05/15/2014 6:14:06 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 14 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/ ^ | May 15, 2014 | DAVID MARTOSKO
    Boko Haram, the African Islamist terror group whose April kidnapping of nearly 300 young girls has united the civilized world in anger, promised to assassinate U.S. ambassador to Nigeria Terence McCulley in February 2012, vowing to murder him if America signed a terrorism-fighting Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with the government in Abuja. McCulley, now the U.S. ambassador to Ivory Coast, was not harmed. But the threat, coming amid a years-long bombing campaign that killed more than 1,400 Nigerian civilians, didn't move then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to fast-track the addition of Boko Haram to the U.S. government's official list of...
  • Senate Report -- CIA: 'Libya: Al-Qaida Establishing Sanctuary'

    01/22/2014 10:43:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 22, 2014 | Terry Jeffrey
    When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a brief self-congratulatory trip to Tripoli, Libya, in October 2011 -- with U.S. military assets lurking offshore in case they needed to rescue her -- she joked, in the presence of then-Ambassador Gene Cretz and Assistant Secretary of State Jeffrey Feltman, that they had not-so-long-ago been worried that the ambassador might end up the target of a murderous Libyan assault. "As Gene and Assistant Secretary Feltman and I were walking through here, they were talking about how the last time Jeff was here was when we were very worried that Gadhafi and [Libyan...
  • U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Confirms Anti-Semitic Pamphlets Are ‘Real Deal’

    04/17/2014 8:16:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    mediite ^ | 4/17/14 | Noah Rothman
    In the Eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, where pro-Russian militants have seized government facilities, pamphlets have recently been circulated warning Jews to register with city officials or see their property confiscated. There was some confusion as to who put the leaflets out, or whether they were merely meant as a provocation. On Thursday, however, the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine confirmed to CNN that the pamphlets are authentic. Speaking with CNN host Jake Tapper, Amb. Geoffrey Pyatt said that the “chilling” leaflets which force Jews to register their property and religion with the government or face consequences have been released by...
  • Gunmen abduct Jordanian ambassador in Libya

    04/15/2014 7:35:19 AM PDT · by don-o · 3 replies
    AP - via WJHL TV ^ | April 15, 2014 | ESAM MOHAMED and OMAR AKOUR
    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) - Masked gunmen abducted the Jordanian ambassador in the Libyan capital early Tuesday, officials said, the latest in a wave of abductions in the North African nation still plagued by lawlessness more than two years after the ouster of dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
  • Ambassador Power: Defunding UN Agencies for Admitting 'Palestine' Hurts U.S.

    04/03/2014 8:59:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    cns news ^ | 4/3/14 | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – Defunding United Nations agencies that admit “Palestine” is not in the interests of the U.S., Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power argued Wednesday, because doing so constitutes a “double win” for the Palestinians. Not only do they score by gaining admission to a U.N. body, she told the House Appropriations’ subcommittee responsible for foreign operations, they also benefit by having U.S. influence in that body reduced, making way for the likes of Russia, China and Cuba to take the lead. Power was arguing for lawmakers to support a waiver to provisions in U.S. law that prohibit funding for...
  • Russia recalls ambassador to NATO amid Ukraine tensions

    04/03/2014 1:33:31 PM PDT · by kingattax · 1 replies
    CNN ^ | April 3, 2014 | Marie-Louise Gumuchian, Victoria Butenko and Laura Smith-Spark
    Kiev, Ukraine (CNN) -- Russia recalled its ambassador to NATO for consultations Thursday, two days after NATO member countries suspended cooperation with Russia over the Ukraine crisis, Russian state media reported. Col. Gen. Valery Yevnevich will return to Moscow in light of NATO's actions, official news agency ITAR-Tass said, citing Russian Deputy Defence Minister Anatoly Antonov's remarks to journalists. "The policy of (deliberately) whipping up tensions is not our choice. Nonetheless, we see no possibility to continue military cooperation with NATO in a routine regime," Antonov is quoted as saying. He accused NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen of making...
  • One-time hostage of Iranian militants urges denial of visa to new Iran envoy involved in siege

    03/31/2014 6:55:37 PM PDT · by Hoodat · 20 replies
    FoxNews ^ | March 31, 2014 | Eric Shawn
    Hostages captured after the 1979 siege on the US Embassy in Tehran are seen in this undated file photo.Former American hostage Barry Rosen, held by student extremists at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran for more than a year, said Monday it would be an “outrage” and “disgrace” if Washington gave a visa to one of the militants recently named by Iran as its new U.N. ambassador. “It may be a precedent but if the president and the Congress don't condemn this act by the Islamic Republic, then our captivity and suffering for 444 days at the hands of Iran was...
  • The Dissing of the President

    04/01/2014 10:02:23 AM PDT · by mojito · 6 replies
    WSJ ^ | 3/31/2014 | Bret Stephens
    I've never liked the word diss—not as a verb, much less as a noun. But watching the Obama administration get the diss treatment the world over, week-in, week-out, I'm beginning to see its uses. Diss: On Sunday, Bloomberg reported that Hasan Rouhani named Hamid Aboutalebi to serve as the ambassador to the United Nations. Mr. Rouhani is the Iranian president the West keeps insisting is a "moderate," mounting evidence to the contrary notwithstanding. Mr. Aboutalebi was one of the students who seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979. Here's the kicker: The State Department—the very institution whose diplomats were...
  • Obama nominates bundler to be ambassador to Prague

    03/10/2014 9:09:54 AM PDT · by OMON · 8 replies
    The Prague Post ^ | March 7, 2014 | CTK
    U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday proposed Andrew Schapiro as the new ambassador to the Czech Republic.... Like the present ambassador to Prague, Norman Eisen, Schapiro stands close to Obama. They studied together at the Harvard University ....
  • U.S. Ambassador Nominee Knows Nothing about Norway

    03/10/2014 5:06:39 AM PDT · by ThorNews · 10 replies
    ThorNews ^ | Thor
    U.S. President Barack Obama has nominated businessman and Greek-American George James Tsunsis from New York to become the new U.S. ambassador to Norway. During the formal U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations hearing, it became clear that the candidate does not know anything about Norway – which is probably why he has accepted the position. During the hearing he said, among other things, that the Norwegian government is opposed to the Progressive Party, and he referred to “Norway’s president”. Facts are that the Progress Party is part of the current coalition government and that Norway always has been a monarchy....
  • Argentina has a severe ketchup crisis and we can help [Attempted satire]

    02/08/2014 12:24:22 PM PST · by DanMiller · 3 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | February 8, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Argentinia's Ketchup Crisis must not go to waste. It requires immediate Senate confirmation of President Obama's appointment of Noah Bryson Mamet as U.S. Ambassador to Argentina. It has not been a good start of the year for Argentineans [sic.]: a collapsing currency value, rampant inflation, Lionel Messi losing out on his fourth straight FIFA Ballon d'Or and, maybe worst of all, the great McDonald’s ketchup shortage of 2014. The fast food giant sent a message out via Twitter earlier this week apologizing for the inconvenience that Argentineans [sic.] will have to suffer through their Big Mac and French fries without the pre-requisite...
  • Watch what happens when Obama picks a top donor as ambassador

    01/24/2014 8:29:33 AM PST · by 12th_Monkey · 6 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | Jan 23 | Olivier Knox
    This is why a future president might finally do away with the practice of nominating a top political donor to be an ambassador. Here’s how the White House described wealthy executive George Tsunis when President Barack Obama nominated him to be the top U.S. diplomat in Norway in September 2013: “George J. Tsunis is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chartwell Hotels, LLC. From 1999 to 2009, Mr. Tsunis was of counsel at Rivkin Radler, LLP and served as partner since 2005. Mr. Tsunis was Special Counsel to the Town of Huntington Committee on Open Space Preservation as...
  • Obama nominee questioned in disappearance of Marine’s missing heart

    01/20/2014 8:27:31 PM PST · by Rabin · 8 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | January 20, 2014 | Jeremy Roebuck
    Philadelphia USA — Athens, Greece---- The mystery surrounding US Marine, Brian LaLoup’s missing heart has already drawn two nations into a Philadelphia federal court. Aug. 12, 2012, in a Greek government-run hospital in Athens, cut out their son’s heart. U.S. military officials never informed Brian's parents that their son’s remains were incomplete until well after his burial —Defense Department later located a heart and sent it back to the United States, but it was not Brian LaLoup’s. Dan Smith, US ambassador to Greece, “From the outset, this matter was a high priority for me. Three times before the procedure occurred,...
  • Palestinian Authority Ambassador to Prague Killed in Explosion

    01/01/2014 10:56:21 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/1/14 | Ari Soffer
    The Palestinian Authority's ambassador to the Czech Republic has died of wounds sustained in an explosion which rocked his house in the capital Prague. Jamal al-Jamal was rushed to hospital in a serious condition following the explosion, which apparently occurred as he was opening a safe or container of some kind. Contrary to initial reports that his family were unharmed despite being in the building at the time, it has been confirmed that al-Jamal's wife was also hurt in the blast. A spokeswoman for Prague Emergency Services told CNN that the 57 year-old ambassador has been taken to Prague military...
  • 'Completely false': Sources on ground in Benghazi challenge NYT report

    12/29/2013 4:33:24 PM PST · by Doogle · 51 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | 12/29/13 | Adam Housley
    Fifteen months after the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi which killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, the narrative of the attack continues to be shaped, and reshaped, by politicians and the press. But a New York Times report published over the weekend has angered sources who were on the ground that night. Those sources, who continue to face threats of losing their jobs, sharply challenged the Times’ findings that there was no involvement from Al Qaeda or any other international terror group and that an anti-Islam film played a role in inciting the initial wave of attacks. “It...
  • Gay U.S. ambassador faces backlash in Dominican Republic

    11/29/2013 6:58:40 AM PST · by Innovative · 48 replies
    CNN ^ | Nov 28, 2013 | Diulka Perez and Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN
    ...U.S. Ambassador James "Wally" Brewster brought one thing with him this week that's a first for a male U.S. ambassador in the Caribbean nation: a husband. High-profile Catholic Church leaders have decried the new diplomatic appointment as a sign of a lack of respect from Obama. "He has not considered the particularities of our people. The United States is trying to impose on us marriage between gays and lesbians as well as adoption by these couples," said Father Luis Rosario, director of youth ministries for the church. A major fundraiser for Obama's 2012 campaign who most recently worked as a...
  • US Envoy Caroline Kennedy Meets Japan's Emperor

    11/19/2013 4:44:49 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 37 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 19, 2013
    US Envoy Caroline Kennedy Meets Japan's Emperor TOKYO November 19, 2013 New U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy traveled by horse-drawn carriage into the Imperial Palace to present her credentials to Japan's emperor on Tuesday, giving the public a rare look at a diplomatic tradition. Thousands of onlookers lined the avenues near the moat-ringed palace to snap pictures and wave as Kennedy, the 55-year-old daughter of the late President John F. Kennedy, waved back from inside the carriage.
  • Western Investigators: Muslim Brotherhood Assassinated The US Ambassador In Libya

    11/17/2013 3:56:28 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 54 replies
    Eman Nabih ^ | November 17, 2013 | Eman Nabih
    Western Investigators: Muslim Brotherhood Assassinated The US Ambassador In Libya James and Joan Moryalti Western Investigators In Libya: The Libyan Security provided documents to Washington which revealed involvement of Morsi Former President of Egypt and Brotherhood Organization for the assassination of ” Chris Stevens US Ambassador in Libya on 11/9/2012.Barack Obama financed Brotherhood terrorist activities in Egypt. James and Joan Moryalti were interviewed on “Voice Of Russia” Radio station and they are Western Investigators who stayed in Libya during the NATO invasion. They are a part of a non-governmental organizations. They are observers and informers of war crimes in Libya....
  • The Saudis' UN Snub Was A Message Meant For Obama (You Think He Got It?)

    10/29/2013 5:43:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 29, 2013 | Jeff Jacoby
    Is there an idiom in Arabic for cutting off your nose to spite your face? Saudi Arabia's abrupt rejection on October 18 of the UN Security Council seat to which it had just been elected was described as "bizarre" and "baffling," a "perplexing" decision that that left diplomats "gasping" and was "met with incredulity." No member of the United Nations had ever done such a thing, and the Saudi government's explanation was about as subtle as an uppercut. "The … double standards existing in the Security Council prevent it from performing its duties and assuming its responsibilities," the Foreign Ministry...
  • France summons US ambassador over spying report

    10/21/2013 2:07:37 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 21, 2013, 02.07 PM IST
    LUXEMBOURG: France called in the US ambassador on Monday to protest at allegations in Le Monde newspaper about large-scale spying on French citizens by the US National Security Agency, French foreign minister Laurent Fabius said. "I have immediately summoned the US ambassador and he will be received this morning at the Quai d'Orsay (the French Foreign Ministry)," Fabius told reporters at a European Union foreign ministers' meeeting in Luxembourg.
  • German ambassador escapes as bodyguard shot dead in Yemen

    10/06/2013 10:01:20 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 15 replies
    Deutche Welle ^ | October 6, 2013 | rc/kms (AFP, Reuters)
    Gunmen have shot dead a German employed as a bodyguard at his country's embassy in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. The man was killed by attackers in an apparent unsuccessful kidnap attempt on the German ambassador. Germany’s ambassador to Yemen appeared to have escaped a kidnapping attempt in the capital, Sanaa, on Sunday in which a bodyguard was killed. The pan-Arab news channel al-Arabiya reported that the guard had been killed as the attackers tried to kidnap the German ambassador, Carola Müller-Holtkemper.
  • Gregory Hicks: Hearing of Death of Christopher Stevens ‘Saddest Moment’ in My Career

    09/08/2013 11:24:58 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 14 replies
    http://abcnews.go.com/ ^ | Sep 8, 2013 | Benjamin Bell
    Hicks – who had a brief phone conversation only hours before with Stevens before the line went dead — was informed of his death by Libya’s prime minister. snip Hicks said he doesn’t understand why more military resources were not sent to Benghazi after he notified State Department officials in Washington that the consulate was under attack. “I don’t know exactly what was available…And I still don’t quite understand why…they couldn’t fly aircraft over to Benghazi,” he said. “When I was a kid, I grew up watching western movies… the cavalry always came,” Hicks said in an interview taped Friday...
  • Ex-French ambassador arrested with €350,000 cash

    08/31/2013 12:20:52 PM PDT · by csvset · 8 replies
    France24 ^ | August 31, 2013 | Staff
    Former French ambassador Boris Boillon (pictured) was arrested on July 31 at Paris’s Gare du Nord station, it emerged on Friday, as he attempted to board a train to Brussels with more than 350,000 euros in cash. Former French ambassador Boris Boillon was arrested on July 31 at Paris’s Gare du Nord station, as he attempted to board a train to Brussels carrying more than 350,000 euros in cash, it emerged on Friday. It seems like a spectacular fall from grace for a man who enjoyed such an illustrious political career. Fluent in Arabic, he served as his country’s ambassador...
  • US ambassador to Australia marries in private same-sex ceremony

    08/12/2013 12:35:27 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 45 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 12th August 2013 | Matt Young
    US AMBASSADOR to Australia John Berry has married his long-term partner of 17 years in a private same-sex ceremony in Washington D.C. The 54-year-old former head of the Office of Personnel Management - which oversees the US public service - is the first openly gay US ambassador to serve in a Group of 20 nation and the highest ranking openly gay man in United States history. In a short statement, Mr Berry confirmed the nuptials, telling news.com.au, "John Berry and Curtis Yee, partners of 17 years, were formally married on Saturday August 10, at St Margaret's Episcopal Church in Washington...
  • Caroline Kennedy nominated as ambassador to Japan

    07/24/2013 1:52:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 24, 2013 4:42 PM EDT | Nedra Pickler and Bradley Klapper
    President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that he is nominating former first daughter Caroline Kennedy as U.S. ambassador to Japan, offering the most famous living member of a prominent American family a new role of service to country. Kennedy, an attorney and bestselling book editor, is being rewarded for helping put Obama in the White House where her father served until his assassination 50 years ago. If confirmed, she would be the first woman in a post where many other prominent Americans have served to strengthen a vital Asian tie. … Kennedy, 55, doesn’t have any obvious ties to Japan, a...
  • Ron Dermer Appointed As Israel's Next US Ambassador

    07/09/2013 12:03:32 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 12 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | July 9, 2013 | Joel Leyden
    Ron Dermer Appointed As Israel's Next US AmbassadorBy Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyJerusalem, Israel --- July 9, 2013 …Part of the following was communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser to the Israel News Agency. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has appointed Ron Dermer as Israel's next Ambassador to the US. Over the past four years, Dermer has served as Prime Minister Netanyahu's senior adviser and previously (2005-2008) served as the economic attache' at the Israel Embassy in Washington. Dermer is 42, married and the father of five children. Ron is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School...
  • Embassy Row: Gay diplomat an ‘insult’ (BHO nominates homosexual activist to Dominican Republic)

    06/30/2013 9:05:13 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 52 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 30, 2013 | James Morrison
    Embassy Row: Gay diplomat an ‘insult’ Church leaders in culturally conservative Dominican Republic are outraged that President Obama nominated an openly homosexual activist to serve as ambassador to the Caribbean nation. Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez, the Roman Catholic archbishop of the Dominican capital of Santo Domingo, Bishop Pablo Cedano and the Rev. Cristobal Cardozo, leader of the Dominican Evangelical Fraternity, are urging President Danilo Medino to reject the nominee, Chicago lawyer James Brewster. “It’s an insult to good Dominican customs,” Father Cardozo said last week. Bishop Cedano denounced the nomination for showing “a lack of respect,” and added cryptically:...
  • Obama to nominate 10 to ambassador posts

    06/22/2013 4:16:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 21, 2013 5:04 PM EDT | Jim Kuhnhenn
    President Barack Obama plans to send the Senate 10 nominees for ambassador, including two active in Democratic Party politics who were top fundraisers for his presidential campaigns. Obama announced Friday he intends to nominate Denise Bauer as ambassador to Belgium. Bauer was the finance chair for Women for Obama from 2011 to 2012 and served on the Obama national finance committee in the 2008 and 2012 campaigns. Obama also intends to nominate James “Wally” Brewster to be ambassador to the Dominican Republic. Now a senior managing partner for the Chicago consulting firm SB&K Global, Brewster was a fundraiser for Obama...
  • State Dept. Spokeswoman Jen Psaki Refuses To Answer Whether Higher Ups Stopped Investigation

    06/11/2013 4:39:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    http://www.youtube.com ^ | 6/11/13 | staff
    State Dept. spokeswoman Jen Psaki, the paid liar from the Obama campaign, refused to answer the question of whether the higher-ups in the State Dept. stopped the investigation into one of their ambassadors regarding prostitution:
  • Former Massachusetts Governor Paul Cellucci dies

    06/08/2013 4:30:32 PM PDT · by theDentist · 11 replies
    WCVB TV ^ | 06/08/2013 | theDentist
    Paul Cellucci, who was 65, died at his home in Hudson. He was surrounded by his family, according to a statement from UMass Medical School Chancellor Michael F. Collins, on behalf of the Cellucci family.
  • AP source: Tom Donilon resigns as Obama national security adviser, Susan Rice to take over

    06/05/2013 4:25:12 AM PDT · by napscoordinator · 134 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 5, 2013 | AP
    WASHINGTON — A White House official says Tom Donilon is resigning as President Barack Obama’s national security adviser and will be replaced by Susan Rice. Rice is currently the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. She has been harshly criticized by Republicans for her initial accounting of the attacks on a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, which later proved to be incorrect.
  • Ex-Diplomats Report New Benghazi Whistleblowers with Info Devastating to Clinton Obama

    05/21/2013 2:53:32 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 21 replies
    PJ Media ^ | May 21, 2013 | Roger L. Simon
    by Roger L Simon PJM EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Diplomats Report New Benghazi Whistleblowers with Info Devastating to Clinton and Obama May 21st, 2013 - 12:05 am More whistleblowers will emerge shortly in the escalating Benghazi scandal, according to two former U.S. diplomats who spoke with PJ Media Monday afternoon. These whistleblowers, colleagues of the former diplomats, are currently securing legal counsel because they work in areas not fully protected by the Whistleblower law. According to the diplomats, what these whistleblowers will say will be at least as explosive as what we have already learned about the scandal, including details about what really...
  • Senate panel approves US ambassador to Libya

    05/14/2013 11:46:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 14, 2013 4:46 PM EDT | Donna Cassata
    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday approved President Barack Obama’s nominee for U.S. ambassador to Libya, a post that has been vacant since insurgents attacked the diplomatic mission in Benghazi last September, killing Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. With little discussion, the panel on a voice vote approved Deborah Kay Jones, a career diplomat who has served in Kuwait, Argentina, Syria, Iraq and Turkey. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., chairman of the committee, praised Jones and spoke of the imperative of filling the job amid increasing lawlessness in Libya. On Monday, a deadly car bomb exploded near a...
  • Al Qaeda offers gold bounty for the life of US ambassador in Yemen

    12/31/2012 6:14:48 AM PST · by Lorianne · 20 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 31 December 2012
    An audio produced by the group's media arm, the al-Malahem Foundation, and posted on militant websites said it offered three kilograms of gold worth $160,000 (Ł99,000) for killing the ambassador, Gerald Feierstein. The group said it will pay 5 million Yemeni riyals (Ł14,000) to anyone who kills an American soldier inside Yemen. It said the offer is valid for six months. The bounties were set to "inspire and encourage our Muslim nation for jihad," the statement said.
  • US Ambassador visits Canadian mosque promising US taxpayer aid

    05/12/2013 1:47:32 PM PDT · by Mortrey · 15 replies
    Creeping Sharia ^ | Posted on May 11, 2013 | creeping sharia
    Jacobson isn’t running guns to Canadian jihadists yet but he is promising your tax dollars to Muslims. Obama’s Taxation for Islamization wealth transfer plan continues. via SheikYerMami.
  • BOOM! Emails Show Obama Knew Islamic Group Took Credit for Benghazi Slaughter 2 HOURS INTO ATTACK

    05/05/2013 7:24:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 98 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 5/5/13 [repost from October 23, 2012] | Jim Hoft
    <p>Not optimal– They knew the terror group behind the attack before the ambassador’s body was found in the ruins. They located Ambassador Stevens’ body hours later at the hospital.</p> <p>Officials at the White House and State Department were advised two hours after attackers assaulted the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11 that an Islamic militant group had claimed credit for the attack, official emails show.</p>
  • The Complete Benghazi Timeline in Spreadsheet Format

    05/04/2013 10:01:25 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 38 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 5-4-2013 | Thomas Lifson
    The evidence of a cover-up is becoming clear, thanks to information recently released about what happened at Benghazi. Doug Ross of Director Blue has pulled together information from Stephen Hayes and the House Oversight Committee that leads to, in his words, "four inescapable conclusions": a) Hillary Clinton lied under oath to Congress. b) Barack Obama went to sleep knowing that a U.S. Ambassador and other Americans were under terrorist attack. c) Barack Obama awoke refreshed the next day to begin fundraising. d) The entire Executive Branch lied repeatedly to the American people to save Obama's chances for reelection. Here's the...
  • Benghazi was a "Long Time Ago" -- But We Can Still Blame Everything on Bush?

    05/02/2013 11:39:55 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 14 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 5-2-2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: So Benghazi, that's "a long time ago." "Benghazi happened a long time ago." I mean, why is everybody bringing that up now? Yet everything remains the fault of George W. Bush. From the Weekly Standard: "White House spokesman Jay Carney said in response to a question about the September 11, 2012 Benghazi terror attack that it 'happened a long time ago.' 'Let's be clear,' said Carney. "'Benghazi happened a long time ago. We are unaware of any agency blocking an employee who would like to appear before Congress to provide information related to Benghazi.'" Really? See, this...
  • Special ops called for military backup during Libya attack, sources say

    05/02/2013 7:50:01 AM PDT · by Doogle · 54 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 05/02/13 | Adam Housley
    On the night of the Benghazi terror attack, special operations put out multiple calls for all available military and other assets to be moved into position to help -- but the State Department and White House never gave the military permission to cross into Libya, sources told Fox News. The disconnect was one example of what sources described as a communication breakdown that left those on the ground without outside help. "When you are on the ground, you depend on each other -- we're gonna get through this situation. But when you look up and then nothing outside of the...
  • Report: International Planned Parenthood threatens Nigerian UN ambassador over pro-life stance

    04/26/2013 4:02:30 PM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    Life Site ^ | Jeanne Head, RN
    NEW YORK, April 26, 2013 (National Right to Life News) - International Planned Parenthood (IPPF) sent a letter late yesterday to Nigerian Ambassador Joy Ogwu pressuring her to change her delegate’s pro-life stance. Ambassador Ogwu is the voice for the African Group at the 46th session of the Commission on Population and Development, which is being held this week. The letter was copied to Nigerian non-governmental organizations urging their endorsement of the letter. The letter appears to be a veiled threat that IPPF will use its considerable influence to cause the ambassador to lose her position as the First Chair...
  • Report: Obama Pick For French Ambassador Folds Over Alleged Play In Poker Ring

    04/26/2013 8:31:16 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 35 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 04/26/13 | Friends of Ours
    Billionaire Marc Lasry who runs a Manhattan hedge fund was slated to become the next French ambassador but apparently he's declined the post over his alleged friendship with Illya Trincher whom federal prosecutors accuse of heading a gambling and money laundering ring with ties to the Russian Mafia as reported by the New York Post: "'it's not that he committed a crime, but it opens a can of worms,' a source said." Trincher and co-defendant Hillel "Helly" Nahmad, an art dealer and spoiled playboy, allegedly headed a racketeering enterprise which operated poker games in New York for the fabulous set,...
  • U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Accused of Breaking Sharia Law

    04/18/2013 5:32:40 AM PDT · by SJackson · 47 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | April 18, 2013 | Raymond Ibrahim
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Accused of Breaking Sharia LawPosted By Raymond Ibrahim On April 18, 2013 @ 12:10 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 6 Comments The U.S. Ambassador to Egypt, Anne Patterson, is being accused of some outlandish behavior and remarks. Last week, several Egyptian papers and websites, including Al Dostor, reported that Dia’ al-Din al-Garahi, a human rights lawyer and president of the Justice Center for Freedoms and Media, submitted a complaint to the Attorney General accusing Patterson “of libel and defamation of the Egyptian people and making statements that are likely to disturb...
  • Caroline Kennedy Seen as Likely Choice for Japan Envoy (Groan!)

    04/01/2013 12:43:26 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 32 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 1, 2013 | MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of former President John F. Kennedy, is close to being announced as the next United States ambassador to Japan, according to people familiar with the appointment process. The vetting of Ms. Kennedy by the White House is almost complete, and an appointment could be announced in the coming weeks, along with the names of several other choices for high-profile diplomatic posts. Bloomberg News and The Washington Post first reported that Ms. Kennedy was under consideration. Ms. Kennedy was an early supporter of President Obama, offering forceful backing as he battled Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic...
  • Whats Up With Benghazi?

    03/29/2013 11:05:24 AM PDT · by concretebob · 23 replies
    Susan Katz Keating ^ | March 29, 2013 | Susan Katz Keating
    As I reported yesterday, Christopher Stevens was lured to Benghazi by a foreign operative who hoped to leverage some sort of gain in exchange for proffered bait. I have this from trusted sources who cannot speak on the record because they are connected to U.S. intelligence. Who was the operative, and what did he offer? According to my sources, he was a popular Turkish middleman who was known in Benghazi for being able to broker goods or situations of all types. "He was a power player, very charismatic," said one intelligence source. "He was a procurer of everything. Whatever you...
  • (Irish) Government rejects Fianna Fáil call to reinstate ambassador to Vatican

    02/28/2013 10:54:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai
    Irish Times ^ | Friday, March 1, 2013 | Stephen Collins
    The Government has rejected a call by Fianna Fáil to reinstate a full-time Irish ambassador to the Vatican to coincide with the election of a new pope. Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said last night there were no plans to revisit the issue, and he described as “inappropriate” any attempt to politicize Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to retire. …
  • Pakistan's Ambassador to U.S. Sherry Rehman accused of blasphemy

    02/22/2013 6:14:06 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 6 replies
    CBS News ^ | February 21, 2013 | Farhan Bokhari
    ISLAMABAD One of Pakistan's top-ranking diplomats, Ambassador to the U.S. Sherry Rehman, is the latest person to be accused of blasphemy in her home country under harsh laws that include a possible death sentence for anyone convicted of defaming the Islamic prophet. A senior government official in Lahore, provincial capital of Punjab province, confirmed to CBS News that a case of blasphemy had been registered with the police in the city of Multan against Rehman, a former journalist who was assigned to the Washington post in 2011. The case promises to unleash another clash between conservative Muslims who vehemently back...
  • Ambassador Chris Stevens Didn't Have To Die In Benghazi

    Yesterday Sean Hannity interviewed on his radio show Jack Murphy and Brandon Webb for their new book Benghazi: The Definitive Report. I’ve clipped a portion of their interview below which describes something very different than what we’ve ever heard about what led to the attack on the ‘consulate’ and the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone S. Woods. In short there were two operations going on in Benghazi, neither of which Stevens nor the CIA [Petraeus] were made aware, that made the situation on the ground in Benghazi far more dangerous than they even knew....