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Sunday, July 27, 2014

The United States does not have ambassadors in more than a quarter of the countries in the world, hindering U.S. efforts on issues ranging from counterterrorism work in Africa to the flood of children fleeing Central America for the U.S. border. The vacancies are driven by the Senate, where President Barack Obama's nominations for ambassadors are caught in a partisan feud. "We're going without our strongest voice on the ground every day in more than 25 percent of the world," Secretary of State John Kerry said last week, noting that a fourth of the 169 nations where the U.S. has embassies are without ambassadors. "We cannot lead if we are not there and we can't be there if the Senate won't confirm our best and brightest."

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Quarter of the world does not need a US ambassador.

#1 | Posted by MSgt at 2014-07-26 03:37 PM | Reply | Flag:

"We're going without our strongest voice on the ground every day in more than 25 percent of the world,"

Kerry is right. We need a new president.

#2 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-07-26 05:06 PM | Reply | Flag:

Poor John Kerry. Hillary left him a steaming mess to clean up.

#3 | Posted by nullifidian at 2014-07-26 05:23 PM | Reply | Flag:

#3 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN AT 2014-07-26 05:23 PM | FLAG: You are assuming that he is competent enough to clean anything up -- a BIG assumption!

#4 | Posted by MSgt at 2014-07-26 08:09 PM | Reply | Flag:

"We cannot lead if we are not there and we can't be there if the Senate won't confirm our best and brightest."

The fact that we apparently think its our job to "lead" other nations who have no say in our government is probably why they keep us at arm's length.

It is really an insane notion if you think about it.

#5 | Posted by Sully at 2014-07-27 12:07 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Why not fix our house before we fix someone else s. For if you worry more for your neighbors grass than your own. ONE day you'll be stuck taking care of it with an idiot stick.

#6 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-07-27 12:10 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

The modern world is so interconnected that the insane notion is that we can hide from it.

#7 | Posted by Corky at 2014-07-27 12:21 PM | Reply | Flag:

The modern world is so interconnected that the insane notion is that we can hide from it.

#7 | Posted by Corky at 2014-07-27 12:21 PM | Reply | Flag:

There's a huge gulf between "We need to lead everyone" and "We're hiding from everyone". Not even close to the same notion.

Although I have to give you credit. I didn't think a guy your age could leap that far.

#8 | Posted by Sully at 2014-07-27 12:25 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 2

Influencing that to which we are interconnected is the sane route.

Leaving it up to Vlad and the Chinese is what someone who only lives in their post turtle shell does.... while wondering how they got where they are.

#9 | Posted by Corky at 2014-07-27 12:44 PM | Reply | Flag:

Leaving it up to Vlad and the Chinese is what someone who only lives in their post turtle shell does.... while wondering how they got where they are.
#9 | POSTED BY CORKY

This is Obama's playbook...... wondering how we got here, and then asking what can we do about it...... its too late.

I see nothing wrong with leading, countries don't keep us at arms length, because they know there are $$$$ attached. Though China is doing a good job here, typically we hire indigenous people, the Chinese bring in workers of there own and begin colonization. Which is worse, according to Nulli our system is..... oh well.

Don't worry Sully by the time all this plays out it won't matter to you.

#10 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2014-07-27 12:51 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Leaving it up to Vlad and the Chinese"

They really don't have the self destructive tendency to over extend themselves to the extent we do. But we can always hope.

They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks but your transition to "neocon" is going nicely.

#11 | Posted by Sully at 2014-07-27 12:56 PM | Reply | Flag:

You know this Country has enough of a mess to clean up that will last us a good generation or 2. We need to fix ourselves now.

#12 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-07-27 01:03 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Don't worry Sully by the time all this plays out it won't matter to you.

#10 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2014-07-27 12:51 PM | Reply | Flag:

Failing to learn from examples throughout history is bad enough. But we're also currently still paying for the mistake of over extending ourselves. And you still can't learn.

Maybe you should go watch some TV.

#13 | Posted by Sully at 2014-07-27 01:04 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

- They really don't have the self destructive tendency to over extend themselves to the extent we do.

You could have farted and made more sense than that. Putin has just demolished his economy by overextending himself, and China is in more debt than we are.

- your transition to "neocon" is going nicely.

You are the rwinger who got run out of his party and are flailing around like the proverbial headless chicken.

But Vlad and the Chinese do appreciate the support of America's isolationists. Of course, much of the rest of the world will tell you that American influence, as good or bad as it can be for them, is better than anything they will get from the Russians or the Chinese.

Of course, making the perfect the enemy of the good is a mistake that extremists on both sides keep making with a great deal of consistency.

#14 | Posted by Corky at 2014-07-27 04:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

"But Vlad and the Chinese do appreciate the support "

Vlad! You forgot "shirtless".

#15 | Posted by nullifidian at 2014-07-27 04:19 PM | Reply | Flag:

#15

You'll get over it. Just look up at your bedroom ceiling.

#16 | Posted by Corky at 2014-07-27 04:21 PM | Reply | Flag:

"your transition to "neocon" is going nicely."

Robert Kagan, the founder of PNAC, says Hillary is a neocon. Who are you going to believe? A Clintonite blogger or him?

#17 | Posted by nullifidian at 2014-07-27 04:22 PM | Reply | Flag:

"your transition to "neocon" is going nicely."

Robert Kagan, the founder of PNAC, says Hillary is a neocon. Who are you going to believe? A Clintonite blogger or him?

Posted by nullifidian at 2014-07-27 04:22 PM | Reply

www.nytimes.com

WASHINGTON -- AFTER nearly a decade in the political wilderness, the neoconservative movement is back, using the turmoil in Iraq and Ukraine to claim that it is President Obama, not the movement's interventionist foreign policy that dominated early George W. Bush-era Washington, that bears responsibility for the current round of global crises.

Even as they castigate Mr. Obama, the neocons may be preparing a more brazen feat: aligning themselves with Hillary Rodham Clinton and her nascent presidential campaign, in a bid to return to the driver's seat of American foreign policy.

#18 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-07-27 04:26 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

lol, Nulli is a Kagan Belieber.

As if Kagan doesn't know some fools will take him literally.

Of course, anyone fool enough to fall for Ayn Rand Paul Ryan's pandering may well be a True Belieber.


#19 | Posted by Corky at 2014-07-27 04:27 PM | Reply | Flag:

This -------- in the Senate has to stop. It is a game both Parties are guilty of on occasion, but it has never been worse than it is right now. And what is GOP logic? That all these appointees are socialists? Truth is, the logic is that they hate Obama and would rather weaken America than assist the nation by confirming nominees.

#20 | Posted by moder8 at 2014-07-27 04:32 PM | Reply | Flag:

Here's when purist leftwingers will be happy...

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#21 | Posted by Corky at 2014-07-27 04:33 PM | Reply | Flag:

" Belieber."

That's really dumb. Juvenile.

#22 | Posted by nullifidian at 2014-07-27 04:38 PM | Reply | Flag:

This -------- in the Senate has to stop. It is a game both Parties are guilty of on occasion, but it has never been worse than it is right now. And what is GOP logic? That all these appointees are socialists? Truth is, the logic is that they hate Obama and would rather weaken America than assist the nation by confirming nominees.

Posted by moder8 at 2014-07-27 04:32 PM | Reply

Their hatred for Obama is a hundred fold higher than their love for their country.

#23 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-07-27 04:39 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

#22

The Whine is strong in this one, Obi-Wan.

#24 | Posted by Corky at 2014-07-27 05:28 PM | Reply | Flag:

The Whine is strong in this one, Obi-Wan.

#24 | Posted by Corky at 2014-07-27 05:28 PM | Reply | Flag:

Star Wars was dumb. Only thing worth a damn was R2D2. The rest sucked

#25 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-07-27 05:46 PM | Reply | Flag:

#1 | Posted by MSgt
"Quarter of the world does not need a US ambassador."

We thank God every day for your expert opinion.

#26 | Posted by TheTom at 2014-07-28 03:24 AM | Reply | Flag:

#17 | Posted by nullifidian
"Who are you going to believe? A Clintonite blogger or him?"

These are the options?!?!?!?!?!

#27 | Posted by TheTom at 2014-07-28 03:25 AM | Reply | Flag:

Kerry is right. We need a new president.

#2 | POSTED BY DIABLO AT 2014-07-26 05:06 PM | REPLY | FLAG:STILL STUPID

It's the job of congress to assign diplomats to foreign posts. Another thing those teanutscks that you elected into congress failed to do.

You are losers who elect losers and so you continue to lose.

#28 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2014-07-28 04:23 AM | Reply | Flag:

Does the US really lead an ambassador in San Marino or similar destinations?

#29 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-07-28 09:03 AM | Reply | Flag:

"You could have farted and made more sense than that. Putin has just demolished his economy by overextending himself, and China is in more debt than we are."

LOL. Make up your mind. Are they taking over the world or undermining themselves?

"You are the rwinger who got run out of his party and are flailing around like the proverbial headless chicken."

Pretty silly to lie to me about me. You're becoming a satire.

#30 | Posted by Sully at 2014-07-28 09:30 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

This -------- in the Senate has to stop. It is a game both Parties are guilty of on occasion, but it has never been worse than it is right now. And what is GOP logic? That all these appointees are socialists? Truth is, the logic is that they hate Obama and would rather weaken America than assist the nation by confirming nominees.

#20 | POSTED BY MODER8

Didn't Reid execute the nuclear option on the filibuster for presidential nominees? Or did that only apply to judges? I am asking because I don't recall.

#31 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-07-28 09:32 AM | Reply | Flag:

Didn't Reid execute the nuclear option on the filibuster for presidential nominees? Or did that only apply to judges? I am asking because I don't recall.

Posted by JeffJ at 2014-07-28 09:32 AM | Reply

www.washingtonpost.com

Senate Democrats took the dramatic step Thursday of eliminating filibusters for most nominations by presidents, a power play they said was necessary to fix a broken system but one that Republicans said will only rupture it further.

Democrats used a rare parliamentary move to change the rules so that federal judicial nominees and executive-office appointments can advance to confirmation votes by a simple majority of senators, rather than the 60-vote supermajority that has been the standard for nearly four decades.

#32 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-07-28 09:36 AM | Reply | Flag:

Thanks, Larry.

Pretty much anybody Obama nominates is going to be a rubber stamp from the Reid-lead Senate (unless he makes a truly abhorrent nomination, and he has on at least one occasion since the filibuster was nuked).

I guess my point is that to whatever extent this is an abdication of duty blame falls pretty much on the Dems. He could fill most of those vacancies before the mid-terms if it was truly a priority.

#33 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-07-28 09:53 AM | Reply | Flag:

Anytime Jeff

#34 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-07-28 09:58 AM | Reply | Flag:

Quarter of the world does not need a US ambassador.

#1 | Posted by MSgt
Which quarter? RUSSIA? We don't have a RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR right now simply because republicans don't want government to function while president browny is in the oval office.

#35 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2014-07-28 11:14 AM | Reply | Flag:

Kerry doesn't want ambassadors that foster goodwill. Kerry wants more money for spy bases. Embassies are nothing but a CIA front. and who do WE to think we are to lead anyone else in this world to anywhere but ruin?

what a pompous jackhole of a govt we have. lead the world indeed.

#36 | Posted by DeadSpin at 2014-07-28 11:34 AM | Reply | Flag:

The ------ war on Obama is multifaceted. This is just one element.

#37 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-07-28 12:05 PM | Reply | Flag:

The ------ war on Obama is multifaceted. This is just one element.

#37 | Posted by nutcase

Multifaceted in the ways that they'd rather further break the country than have a dem run it properly.

#38 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2014-07-28 01:41 PM | Reply | Flag:

yes, speaksoftly, if it looks like treason and sounds like treason then it probably is treason.

#39 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-07-28 02:29 PM | Reply | Flag:

yes, speaksoftly, if it looks like treason and sounds like treason then it probably is treason.

#39 | POSTED BY NUTCASE

Opposing the Obama agenda is a treasonous act?

If that is what you are truly saying then you've really gone off the deep end.

#40 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-07-29 08:56 AM | Reply | Flag:

The problem with the 25% is not confirmation but willing participants. They saw our government's support in Benghazi---they probably figure life is short enough----why count on Barackus to support them in their time of need and shorten their life expectations further.

#41 | Posted by matsop at 2014-07-29 09:09 AM | Reply | Flag:

The problem with the 25% is not confirmation but willing participants. They saw our government's support in Benghazi---they probably figure life is short enough----why count on Barackus to support them in their time of need and shorten their life expectations further.

Posted by matsop at 2014-07-29 09:09 AM | Reply

I wonder if you had the same feelings when 11 of our Embassies were attacked killing some 60 of our Countrymen. Something tells me not hardly

www.infoplease.com

#42 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-07-29 09:13 AM | Reply | Flag:

Opposing the Obama agenda is a treasonous act?

If that is what you are truly saying then you've really gone off the deep end.

#40 | Posted by JeffJ

No. Purposefully breaking government functions - like important embassies - for no reason is a treasonous act.

Hurting the nation's credit score by refusing to pay bills on spending you approved is a treasonous act, is it not?

#43 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2014-07-29 01:07 PM | Reply | Flag:

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