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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Sir Kim Darroch has resigned as UK ambassador to the US, amid a row over leaked emails critical of President Trump's administration.

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Unfortunate. Ambassadors should have the right to speak their minds.

#1 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-07-10 12:30 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Ambassadors should have the right to speak their minds.

#1 | Posted by BruceBanner

It was his duty.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2019-07-10 12:35 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

This whole affair smacks of British craftiness.

#3 | Posted by SunTzuMeow at 2019-07-10 12:38 PM | Reply


@#2 ... It was his duty. ...

Exactly.

The problem was the leaking of diplomatic cables, not the content.

Is the only ambassador acceptable to Pres Trump, one who will write only flattering things in the reports sent back to the home country?

That's the message Pres Trump is conveying, that he (Pres Trump) is totally unable to accept any criticism about him, even private criticism.


#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-07-10 12:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#4 ... Is the only ambassador acceptable to Pres Trump, one who will write only flattering things in the reports sent back to the home country? ...

Conversely, does Pres Trump expect from our ambassadors to other countries that only flattering things be said about those other countries?

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-07-10 12:47 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Americans can't relate

stoicism and any sense of personal responsibility/honor is dead in America
that's why we have Trump

#6 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2019-07-10 12:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

#4 #5 well said.

#7 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-07-10 01:09 PM | Reply

He wasn't very diplomatic. Bless his heart.

#8 | Posted by visitor_ at 2019-07-10 01:19 PM | Reply

"This political correctness is just absolutely killing us as a country. You can't say anything." - Donald Trump

#9 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2019-07-10 01:19 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

trump is incapable of any sort of statesmanship. he reacts so predictably it's like he can't help himself. which makes you think that there may be a medical condition at work.

#10 | Posted by ABlock at 2019-07-10 01:45 PM | Reply

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There is a medical condition. It's called Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS). Trump literally drives his opponents nuts. They're allergic to winning.

#11 | Posted by visitor_ at 2019-07-10 02:14 PM | Reply


@#10 ... trump is incapable of any sort of statesmanship. ...

One other reason why I think this incident irked Pres Trump so much, is that it runs completely counter to his "America is respected again" theme.

The ambassador of our closest ally, in a private diplomatic cable, said that Pres Trump's White House was inept and uniquely dysfunctional.

#12 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-07-10 03:06 PM | Reply

In a time of universal deceit, the telling of truth is a revolutionary (and unforgivable) act.

#13 | Posted by e1g1 at 2019-07-10 03:11 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


‘It Could Have Been Any of Us': Disdain for Trump Runs Among Ambassadors
www.nytimes.com

...Ask members of the Washington diplomatic corps about the cables that Sir Kim Darroch, the British ambassador who resigned Wednesday, wrote to London describing the dysfunction and chaos of the Trump administration, and their response is uniform: We wrote the same stuff.

"Yes, yes, everyone does," Gérard Araud, who retired this spring as the French ambassador, said on Wednesday morning of his own missives from Washington. "But fortunately I knew that nothing would remain secret, so I sent them in a most confidential manner."

So did Mr. Darroch, who alone and with Mr. Araud, tried to navigate the minefield of serving as the chief representative of longtime American allies to a president who does not think much of the value of alliances....

But as one ambassador, who is still serving and therefore spoke on the condition of anonymity, said on Wednesday, "it could have been any of us."

With a few exceptions -- including the ambassadors from Israel and the United Arab Emirates, who have supported Mr. Trump's every move -- foreign diplomats in Washington these days describe living in something of a black hole.

Decisions that directly affect their nations' trade relationships or troops are delivered with no notice. Their contacts inside the State Department, the Treasury and Congress freely tell them they have little idea what decisions Mr. Trump may make, or what he may reverse.

And the Trump administration has almost reveled in keeping foreign diplomats in the dark. While Mr. Darroch, following in the tradition of his predecessors, hosted receptions in the British Embassy's grand ballroom and weekend cocktail parties under tents on the lawn overlooking Embassy Row, few administration officials have attended....


#14 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-07-10 03:44 PM | Reply

Nothing is more important than making money in this day and age, certainly not human life. Nothing is more dangerous than speaking the truth, which is what Sir Kim Darroch did, which also happens to be his first duty as a diplomat. The most interesting question is who leaked the story and why.

#15 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-07-10 07:46 PM | Reply

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