It’s one thing to appoint some bozo who raised six figures for you ambassador to Belize or Micronesia where he probably isn’t going to do any damage there.
It’s another thing to appoint him ambassador to the UK, which Obama has done. It’s another thing to cover up for his anti-semitism and sex abuses, as Hillary did for her ambassador to Belgium.
And the list of buffoons heading into troubled situations keeps growing.
Under questioning by Western Hemisphere Subcommittee head Marco Rubio, Mamet acknowledged he had never so much as visited Argentina.
Mamet acknowledged he had never even visited Argentina.
“Senator, I haven’t had the opportunity yet, I have traveled extensively around the world but I haven’t yet had the chance,” responded Mamet when Rubio asked if he had been to the country.
Both senators said that Mamet, who was questioned during the hearing, lacks the experience needed to be assigned to a country in which “an economic crisis is probably near.”
But Mamet does have one important qualification. He bundled a cool million for Obama.
“This is a position that merits someone with experience, and I have nothing against him, but it concerns me that he does not have the necessary experience,” Republican Senator for Florida and Rubio, touted as a potential presidential candidate in the future, told the Associated Press.
Following the inconclusive hearing to clear Mamet’s nomination for debate on the Senate floor, Foreign Relations Committee head and Menéndez said he was also left worried, because “much more depth is needed.”
How much more depth?
In many instances when Mamet was asked to go into greater depth on a subject, he reiterated the same four or five issues.
For example, when Menéndez asked the nominee, “How would you define Argentina’s position with intellectual property, money laundering and narcotics trafficking,” instead of directly answering the question, he deflected by highlighting positives: “We’ve had a good relationship over the years working on a number of fronts, energy, non-nuclear proliferation, the UN…”
Menéndez followed up to ask: “What about intellectual property?” with Mamet’s admitting: “Let me get back to you on that.”
“I have no more questions for this incredibly highly qualified group of nominees,” John McCain told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, but not before he had eviscerated Barack Obama’s selection as the next Ambassador to Norway.
As a bundler for Obama in 2012, Tsunis raised almost a million dollars for the campaign, and donated $300,000 to the Democratic Party.
The blunder came after a faltering, incoherent performance from Tsunis, in which he made a reference to Norway’s “president”, apparently under the impression that the country is a republic rather than a constitutional monarchy.
McCain, already flummoxed by the apparent inability of Obama’s choice to be ambassador to Hungary to list strategic U.S. interests there, closed his questioning with a bit of sarcasm: “I have no more questions for this incredibly highly qualified group of nominees.”
This is part of a corrupt pattern of conduct by a corrupt administration.
He won Senate confirmation this week, as did Max Baucus, a former U.S. senator who is to be the U.S. ambassador to China.
Faced with a tough question last week during his confirmation hearing about Chinese military provocation against Japan in the East China Sea, Baucus said plainly, ‘I’m no expert on China.’
The prize for ambassadorial cluelessness, though, may go to Colleen Bell, an Obama bundler who put $800,000 in play for Democrats. She’s trading in her work as producer of the soap opera ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ to become ambassador to Hungary.
Asked by McCain to describe America’s strategic interests in that nation, she launched into a rambling response worthy of a teen beauty pageant contestant.
‘Well, we have – our strategic interests, in terms of what are our key priorities in Hungary,’ Bell began, ‘I think our key priorities are to improve upon, as I mentioned, the security relationship and also the law enforcement and to promote business opportunities, increase trade … Our strategic interests are to work collaboratively as NATO allies.’
‘To work to promote and protect the security, both – for both countries and for – and for the world,’ she rambled on, ‘to continue working together on the cause of human rights around the world, to build that side of our relationship while also maintaining and pursuing some difficult conversations that might be necessary in the coming years.’
Yes. Difficult conversations like how the hell everything since 2008 happened and whether we can ever get America working again once the Obama corruption is cleared out.