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  • 13 Hours The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Official Trailer

    07/28/2015 8:37:01 PM PDT · by GilGil · 39 replies
    Thirteenhoursmovie ^ | 7/28/2015 | Michael Bay
    13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is an upcoming American action thriller film produced and directed by Michael Bay and written by Chuck Hogan, based on the 2013 book 13 Hours by Mitchell Zuckoff. It is the true story of the six members of a security team who fought to defend the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, after the attack of Islamist militants on September 11, 2012, the 11th anniversary of September 11, 2001 attacks. The film stars James Badge Dale, John Krasinski, Max Martini, Toby Stephens, Pablo Schreiber, David Denman, Dominic Fumusa, and Freddie Stroma. Filming began on...
  • Ambassador reveals how Obama undermined Israel

    06/21/2015 9:51:25 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    New York Post ^ | 6/21/15 | Larry Getlen
    On Nov. 8, 2011, President Obama met with then-French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Cannes after what had been a particularly rough week for US-Israeli relations. Modal Trigger The week prior, the UN agency UNESCO admitted Palestine as a member state. Congress responded by cutting off UNESCO’s funding, a move the Obama administration direly opposed. Michael Oren, who served as Israel’s US ambassador from 2009 to 2013, said the president, having opposed Palestine’s admission to the agency, “thought he had done enough . . . and did not need to punish them further.” President Obama responded to Congress’ act by admonishing Israel for...
  • Former Israeli Ambassador: Obama Has a Problemwith America

    06/17/2015 5:33:31 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 06/16/15 | Joel B. Pollak
    More alarming for me still were Obamas attitudes towards America. Vainly, I scoured Dreams from My Father for some expression of reverence, even respect, for the country its author would someday lead. Instead, the book criticizes Americans for their capitalism and consumer culture, for despoiling their environment and maintaining antiquated power structures. Traveling abroad, they exhibited ignorance and arrogancethe very shortcomings the presidents critics assigned to him.
  • Rubio: Ill block confirmation of any ambassador to Cuba without key concessions from Castros

    06/01/2015 7:32:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/01/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    And that means that Marco Rubio will block any nominee for the position. In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, who is coming home after breaking his leg while bicycling, Rubio pledges not just to oppose any nominee but “to block the Administration’s efforts to pursue diplomatic relations with Cuba and name an Ambassador to Havana” until Barack Obama and Kerry work to wring concessions from the Castros. In particular, Rubio wants American fugitives extradited to face long-delayed justice in the US: Secondly, I urge you to make central to the current talks the repatriation of known...
  • Pope Francis meets with gay French ambassador nominee

    04/24/2015 3:18:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    cna ^ | April 24, 2015 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. Vatican City, Apr 24, 2015 / 11:00 am (CNA).- Pope Francis met April 17 with Laurent Stefanini, the openly gay foreign service officer named by France to be ambassador to the Vatican. News of the private audience, which was kept strictly confidential, was reported April 22 by the French magazine Le Canard Enchainé, although the magazine said that the meeting took place April 18. A source from the Vatican Secretariat of State told CNA that the meeting actually took place in the late evening of April 17, and confirmed that it...
  • An Important Clarification on the Proposed French Ambassador to the Vatican

    04/16/2015 11:33:09 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 7 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | 4/15/15 | Steve Skojec
    Stories were blowing up the Internet last week saying that France was sending Laurent Stefanini an openly gay ambassador to the Vatican. More turmoil and surprise when the Vatican refused his appointment. We didnt cover the story, though we did link to it in this piece. Only something is not right: The first interesting point is that Stefanini, before the press took hold of this affair, was not publicly known as a homosexual: reliable sources say he never touched the subject. He is 54, unmarried, without children; he also has no known companion. He is not known ever...
  • It looks like he judged after all! (Pope Francis refuses gay French ambassador)

    04/10/2015 2:34:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 46 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | April 10, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The MSM took what the Pope said on the airplane (about a homosexual who is trying to live a holy life), that is, “Who am I to judge?” and ran with only half the story, giving the impression that Pope Francis approved of some way of homosexual acts.Wrong.  HEREThis Pope is not a liberal when it comes to doctrine.  He doesn’t think that homosexual sex is okay.I have been saying for a couple years now that when liberals figure that out, they will turn on Francis.I read this today at the Telegraph: Pope Francis ‘refuses’ gay French ambassadorPope Francis’ reputation...
  • White House to Netanyahu: You created the crisis, you fix it (Zero wants Israeli Ambassador fired)

    03/04/2015 6:09:56 PM PST · by Dave346 · 46 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Mar. 5, 2015 | 1:20 AM | By Barak Ravid
    Though the administration won't say so directly, U.S. officials hint replacing Ambassador Ron Dermer is key to mending ties. Senior U.S. officials made clear after the speech that the White House sees Netanyahu as the one who created the current crisis, and so if he is reelected, the responsibility for repairing the breach will be his. We are not the ones who created this crisis, said a senior administration official. President Obama has another two years in office and we wish to go back to a reality where you can work together despite the differences. The prime minister of Israel...
  • Ambassador To Belgium-Top Obama Bundler & Palin Basher Solicited Prostitutes, Including Minors

    06/12/2013 12:19:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | June 12, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    U.S. Ambassador To Belgium Howard Gutman, who was a top Obama campaign bundler, reportedly solicited prostitutes, including minors. Gutman was also a Palin-basher who challenged her parenting skills. (VIDEO-AT-LINK) The New York Post reported, via Weasel Zippers: A State Department whistleblower has accused high-ranking staff of a massive coverup including keeping a lid on findings that members of then-Secretary Hillary Clintons security detail and the Belgian ambassador solicited prostitutes. A chief investigator for the agencys inspector general wrote a memo outlining eight cases that were derailed by senior officials, including one instance of interference by Clintons chief of staff,...
  • Clintons Pardons for Pedophiles: No crime too horrific that a large donation wont solve.

    10/24/2014 8:51:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 10/23/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Office of the Inspector General of the State Department found in its latest investigation that Clinton aides had “created an appearance of undue influence and favoritism” in a number of cases including that of Ambassador Howard Gutman. The investigation is largely a whitewash. There is no mention of the fact that one whistleblower related to the case, Richard Higbie, had his emails deleted by a hacker. Or that the main whistleblower, Aurelia Fedenisn, was harassed at home and had her law firm burgled.It goes almost without saying that Richard Nixon went down for much less than that.There is also...
  • Obamas choice as ambassador to Mexico withdraws her name

    01/31/2015 9:01:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 31, 2015 9:59 PM EST
    President Barack Obamas choice to be U.S. ambassador to Mexico has withdrawn from consideration. The White House says Maria Echaveste cites a prolonged confirmation process as well as her familys best interests.
  • Andrea Mitchell To French Ambassador: Why Are Provocative Anti-Muslim Cartoons Permitted?

    01/13/2015 4:18:31 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 51 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 01/12/15 | Alex Griswold
    The host of MSNBCs Andrea Mitchell Reports asked French ambassador to the United States Grard Araud why provocative anti-Muslim cartoons were permissible in France, when they had taken steps to ban Holocaust denial. So why is it permissible to be as provocative as these anti-Muslim cartoons were? she asked, before ominously adding, This is a debate were having in the United States as well, you know.
  • Cringe-worthy Obama nominee withdraws [For Ambassador to Norway]

    12/16/2014 1:37:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/16/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    I confess that I halfway looked forward to George Tsunis being confirmed as ambassador to Norway.  He could have made for a highly amusing storyline on Season 3 of Lilyhammer, the hilarious Netflix Original series that satirizes political correctness in Norway and the clash of cultures between American Mafiosi and Scandinavian self-righteous niceness.  But when Harry Reid failed to shove him through Senate confirmation in the back-door deal last weekend, the handwriting was on the wall for the spectacularly unqualified nominee.  No way would a GOP majority next year confirm such an ignorant putz. David Matosko of the U.K....
  • NBC Reporter to Rick Perry: "Are You Smart Enough To Be President?" (vid)

    12/11/2014 10:27:47 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 71 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 11, 2014 | Real Clear Politics
    KASIE HUNT, MSNBC: And are you smart enough to be president of the United States?"
  • MSNBC reporter asks Rick Perry if hes smart enough to be president

    12/11/2014 7:59:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 94 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/11/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    I’m sure we’re all relieved to know that after the many media debacles in the last few election cycles, the cable news denizens have learned their lesson. This time around things are going to be different. Candidates will be treated fairly, with an opportunity to make their case before the American people while being subjected to rigorous examination of their actual record and their stated positions on the issues.Naw, I’m just kidding. Nothing has actually changed at all. And to lead off the two year parade of embarrassing media moments, MSNBC featured an interview with Texas Governor Rick Perry...
  • Blame Reid's 'nuclear option' for unqualified ambassadors

    12/05/2014 7:56:14 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12-4-14 | Editorial
    If you're looking for a good laugh this week, you probably can't do better than Tuesday's White House press conference. Reporters asked spokesman Josh Earnest about the confirmation of two Obama-appointed ambassadors whose confirmation was only possible because Democrats manipulated Senate rules earlier this year to make it easier to approve executive-branch nominees. By the narrowest of margins, two people completely unqualified to represent U.S. interests abroad were confirmed to serve in relatively important countries they know nothing about. Colleen Bell, the new U.S. ambassador to Hungary, is a former soap opera producer who couldn't name a single strategic interest...
  • WH Can't Explain Why Soap Opera Producer Just Became Ambassador to Hungary

    12/02/2014 4:47:13 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 41 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 12-2-14 | Daniel Halper
    White House spokesman Josh Earnest was unable to provide a cogent explanation for why Colleen Bell, a former soap opera producer, just became the U.S. ambassador to Hungary: "Josh, I wanted to ask you about something else that happened today in the Senate," said ABC's Jon Karl in today's White House press briefing. "You had some of your ambassadors confirmed after a long, long process. One of those is Colleen Bell, confirmed as ambassador to Hungary. If you can remind me, what are Colleen Bell's qualifications for ambassador? Was it that she was a soap opera producer, is it that...
  • U.S. diplomat and longtime Pakistan expert is under federal investigation (Robin L. Raphel Again)

    11/07/2014 5:04:24 AM PST · by csvset · 27 replies
    WP ^ | November 6 2014 | Anne Gearan and Adam Goldman
    A veteran State Department diplomat and longtime Pakistan expert is under federal investigation as part of a counterintelligence probe and has had her security clearances withdrawn, according to U.S. officials. The FBI searched the Northwest Washington home of Robin L. Raphel last month, and her State Department office was also examined and sealed, officials said. Raphel, a fixture in Washingtons diplomatic and think-tank circles, was placed on administrative leave last month, and her contract with the State Department was allowed to expire this week. Two U.S. officials described the investigation as a counterintelligence matter, which typically involves allegations of spying...
  • US ambassador to Iraq: White House was warned early on about ISIS, did almost nothing [VIDEO]

    10/29/2014 8:41:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/29/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Did the rise of ISIS and the collapse of the Iraqi army really catch the Obama administration by surprise, as the White House tried to argue over the summer? Subsequent research has already shown that senior intelligence and military officials warned Congress about both as early as February, but now the man who served as Barack Obama’s ambassador to Iraq says that the administration knew what was happening — and did “almost nothing” to stop it. James Jeffrey represented the US in Baghdad from 2010-12 and oversaw the withdrawal of American troops, and told PBS’ Frontline that the White...
  • Obama taps major fundraiser for Sweden ambassador

    10/23/2014 4:43:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 23, 2014 7:24 PM EDT
    President Barack Obama is nominating a major fundraiser for his presidential campaign to be the next U.S. ambassador to Sweden. The White House says Azita Raji is Obamas pick for the job. Shes a former investment banker who served as national vice-chair of finance for Obamas 2012 campaign. She helped raise more than $500,000 for Obamas campaign as a bundler in 2012.
  • Ambassador who sided with Muslim Brotherhood spearheads State Departments anti-ISIS effort

    09/20/2014 6:44:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Powerline ^ | September 19, 2014 | Paul Mirengoff
    John Kerry has assembled a three-person team to lead the State Departments efforts against ISIS. Two of the members Gen. John Allen and Brett McGurk seem unobjectionable. The third, Anne Patterson, is another matter. In announcing her central role, Kerry praised Patterson as one of our nations top diplomats deeply respected in the region. But Patterson is not respected in Egypt, where she served as ambassador during the period when the Muslim Brotherhood was in power. Bridget Johnson at PJ Media reminds us that Patterson stood firmly behind the Brotherhood as it persecuted opponents and attempted to consolidate...
  • A Blogger Found Secret U.S. Justice Department Documents in a Dumpster in Austria

    09/09/2014 4:18:49 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    The National Journal ^ | 9-9-14 | Kaveh Waddell
    A former U.S. ambassador is being investigated for laundering, according to papers found in a garbage container in Vienna. Zalmay Khalilzad, a former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan and Iraq, is being investigated for money laundering, and several of his wife's bank accounts have been frozen in connection with the probe. The Justice Department investigation only became public on Sunday, when a blogger found relevant documents in a garbage container used by a state prosecutor's office in Vienna and posted them online. A day later, Austrian magazine Profil reported on the case.
  • Great speech: Israel's ambassador to the UK Daniel Taub visits Bradford

    09/01/2014 10:01:51 AM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 9/1/14 | Carl in Jerusalem
    Israel's ambassador to the United Kingdom, Daniel Taub visits Bradford (which George Galloway wanted to make an 'Israel free zone') and blows them away with a great speech.
  • 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 Obamas 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 couldnt 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 dissnot 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 Departmentthe 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 Norways 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 ofNoah Bryson Mametas 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 McDonalds 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. Heres 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 Marines 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 LaLoups 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 sons heart. U.S. military officials never informed Brian's parents that their sons 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 LaLoups. 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. Germanys 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 Mller-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 Libyas prime minister. snip Hicks said he doesnt 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 dont know exactly what was availableAnd I still dont quite understand whythey couldnt 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 Pariss 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 Pariss 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 countrys 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...