Last night I attended the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations annual holiday dinner where the guest speaker was Ambassador Ryan Crocker — what a distinguished career servant and diplomat for this country. So after spending an evening listening to this astute gentleman I found it truly interesting who we are about to send abroad to represent our nation.
As reported by the Washington Examiner, “Two of President Obama’s most controversial ambassador nominations are poised for any easy confirmation Tuesday after Democrats rallied behind them. The Senate on straight party lines Monday evening agreed to shut down debate and proceed to a final vote on the nominations of Colleen Bell, the soap-opera producer who created “The Bold and the Beautiful,” to represent the U.S. in Hungary, and Noah Mamet, a longtime Democratic operative, to serve in Argentina. Each raised at least $500,000 for Obama’s 2012 re-election and has little to no overseas experience.
“The decades-long debate over the practice of naming big-money donors to represent the U.S. overseas flared up again earlier this year when Bell, Mamet and a third ambassadorial pick flubbed basic political facts about the countries they were picked to serve during their confirmation hearings.”