Please, presidents, stop picking big campaign donors to be ambassadors whether or not they know anything about the country where they’d be posted and are clueless about foreign affairs in general.
That’s the basic message to President Barack Obama and future administrations from a group that represents some 31,000 current and former career diplomats.
The American Foreign Service Association put it quite a bit more diplomatically (of course) on Tuesday in a set of new guidelines to help presidents select the best candidates for the job sometimes known as “chief of mission.”
A good nominee ideally “has experience in or with the host country or other suitable international experience, and has knowledge of the host country culture and language or of other foreign cultures or languages,” AFSA said in its six-page report.
“The actions and words of an ambassador have consequences for U.S. national security and interests far beyond the individual country or organization to which he or she isRead More »from U.S. diplomats to Obama: Ambassador nominees should really know something about their destination