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FBI Nabs Suspect in Benghazi Attack

Just in time for election year, the FBI has lassoed a suspect in the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four American citizens, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

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Republicans Slam Obama Over Benghazi Attack Account

Republican lawmakers compared Barack Obama’s White House to the secretive Nixon administration Thursday, denouncing its response to the 2012 attack on a U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

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AP/Ben Curtis

Report: Easy Access to Sensitive U.S. Documents in Libya

Papers related to the American operation in Libya remain loosely secured more than three weeks after an attack on the U.S. Consulate left the ambassador and three other Americans dead, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

Posted on Oct 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Sean Penn’s Diplomatic New Gig

He’s certainly been rehearsing for this role for years (remember his post-Katrina floating photo op?), and now Sean Penn has an honest-to-goodness new post as the ambassador at large to Haiti, as of a special ceremony held in his honor last weekend.

Posted on Jan 17, 2012 READ MORE


Alleged Murder Plot Fans U.S.-Iran Tensions

Figuring in among the lineup of top stories on Wednesday’s broadcast of “Democracy Now!” is the alleged assassination plot against Saudi Arabia Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir, for which the U.S. has charged two Iranian agents. Meanwhile, government officials in Tehran are accusing the Obama administration of ... (more)

Posted on Oct 12, 2011 READ MORE



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U.S. Names Iranians in Alleged Assassination Plot

As if relations between Tehran and Washington weren’t troubled enough, Tuesday brought news of a purported plan by Iranian government operatives to kill one Adel al-Jubeir (above), Saudi ambassador to the United States. The alleged bomb plot was shut down by American authorities after two agents apparently recruited the wrong … (more)

Posted on Oct 11, 2011 READ MORE



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Adiós, Señor Embajador

The U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Carlos Pascual, has resigned in the wake of WikiLeaked comments he made expressing doubts about Mexico’s ability to fight the country’s drug cartels.

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White House / Pete Souza

China Ambassador’s American Tale

President Obama nominated Gary Locke, the first Chinese-American commerce secretary, to be the next U.S. ambassador to arguably the most important country in the world. Locke’s grandfather, who left China to work in Washington state as a servant paid in English lessons, would be proud, but then ... (more)

Posted on Mar 9, 2011 READ MORE


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Flickr / monkeyc.net

Russia Puts Adoptions by Americans on Hold

Following last week’s diplomatically embarrassing—and for the child in question, no doubt traumatizing—fiasco involving a 7-year-old Russian boy whose adoptive American mom returned him to Moscow alone a year after bringing him to the States ... (continued)

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After 95 Years, Sweden Calls Killing of Armenians Genocide

The Swedish parliament took a vote Thursday on an important wording issue, and the end result led to diplomatic strain between Sweden and Turkey. That’s because the word that parliament members decided on was genocide, and the incident they were applying it to was the mass killing of Armenians in Turkey in 1915.

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nytimes.com

And Commerce Secretary Goes to ...

Bearded political renaissance man and current governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson was picked Wednesday morning to be Barack Obama’s secretary of commerce. The unsurprising move makes Richardson the latest politician drafted by Team Obama, who point to Richardson’s experience at the U.N., as governor, and as energy secretary.

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U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Erik Gudmundson

Pakistan PM: U.S. Airstrikes ‘Intolerable’

American airstrikes in Pakistan aren’t sitting so well with the locals. Pakistan PM Yousuf Raza Gilani summoned the U.S. ambassador for a refresher course in “sovereignty and territorial integrity” on Thursday. But according to The Washington Post, the two countries have a tacit agreement that the U.S. can keep bombing Pakistan if Pakistan can keep complaining about it.

Posted on Nov 20, 2008 READ MORE


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Six Held at Guantanamo After Plot Claim Is Dropped

In the dying days of the Bush administration, yet another presidential claim in the “war on terror” has been proved false by the withdrawal of the main charge against six Algerians held without trial for nearly seven years at Guantanamo prison camp.

Posted on Nov 1, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Juan Karita

Bolivia Puts DEA on Hold

Bolivian President Evo Morales on Saturday made another move to signal his administration’s displeasure with the United States, announcing that he is “indefinitely” halting all activities of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency within his country.

Posted on Nov 1, 2008 READ MORE


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Attack on U.S. Embassy in Yemen

An attack on the U.S. Embassy in Yemen killed 16 Wednesday, though it failed to breach the inner walls of the building complex. The act, which has been claimed by the group Islamic Jihad, is probably a response to both an internal Yemeni crackdown against insurgent groups and the U.S. global “war on terror.”

Posted on Sep 17, 2008 READ MORE


Morales y Chavez
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‘¡Adios, Ambassador!’ Say Chavez and Morales

Two Latin American leaders, Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and Bolivia’s Evo Morales, expelled the U.S. ambassadors to their nations after claiming that the American embassies in both countries were supporting rebel groups aimed at toppling their governments. Salvador Allende and Jacobo Arbenz were unavailable for comment.

Posted on Sep 12, 2008 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT

A No-No in Europe Is Just Ducky in the Mideast

John Stewart says it’s the “geopolitical equivalent of the fortune cookie [plus] ‘in bed’ ”: U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalizad (above) trashing Russia’s aggression but limiting comparison to the Iraq invasion by adding a qualifier that tells us we’re talking about someplace that matters to civilized people. Follow-up questions for extra credit: Is Georgia really in Europe? And how many Americans are worried right now the Russians will take Atlanta?

Posted on Aug 13, 2008 READ MORE


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Flickr / Nrbelex

Iran Condemns Clinton

If Hillary Clinton becomes the next president, her administration will have a hell of a time improving relations with Iran, a country that has a few cards to play when it comes to stability in Iraq and the price of oil. That’s because Clinton recently threatened Iran’s annihilation and it turns out that the Iranian government pays attention to these things.

Posted on May 1, 2008 READ MORE


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The Petraeus and Crocker Show

Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker, President Bush’s preferred spokesmen for his Iraq policy, found themselves in the middle of the presidential campaign Tuesday as they testified before two Senate committees on which candidates sit.

Posted on Apr 8, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Scooter Libby Takes Another One for the Team

Poor I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby.  First, he was tossed under the bus in the kerfuffle over Valerie Plame’s identity leak.  Now, as a result of same, Libby’s been stripped of his legal license in Washington, D.C.

Posted on Mar 20, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / str

Protesters Set Fire to U.S. Embassy in Belgrade

A demonstration of about 150,000 people near the American Embassy in Belgrade turned riotous Thursday when protesters opposed to Kosovo’s bid for independence from Serbia stormed the embassy and set fire to its façade.

Posted on Feb 21, 2008 READ MORE


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news.yahoo.com

U.S. Envoy in Burma: ‘Where Are the Monks?’

Burma’s military government has intensified its crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators, abducting people from their homes in the middle of the night. U.S. Embassy personnel have found some Buddhist monasteries completely deserted while others have been closed off by soldiers.

Posted on Oct 3, 2007 READ MORE


Crocker and Bush
White House photo / Eric Draper

Crocker Sounds Alarm on Iraqi Refugees

In a terse State Department memo, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker admonishes America’s acceptance of Iraqi refugees as critically slow. Crocker estimates that it would take the U.S. nearly two years to process and admit 10,000 refugees referred for resettlement to the U.S.

Posted on Sep 17, 2007 READ MORE


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Joe Wilson Bashes Cheney Cabal at House Hearing

Former Ambassador Joe Wilson (above) had his day Wednesday at a House hearing about I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s controversial commutation, accusing President Bush and his men—Karl Rove, Dick Cheney and Libby—of playing key roles in a “character assassination campaign” against him and his wife, outed CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson, and of misleading the American people about the real reasons for the Iraq war.

Posted on Jul 11, 2007 READ MORE


Israel Considers ‘Other Actions’ in Gaza

The Israeli ambassador to the U.S. has said his country’s actions in Gaza, including airstrikes, have been “very measured” in response to Palestinian rocket attacks and a devolving political situation, but that “other actions” may be necessary in the future. An anonymous Israeli official said that could include reoccupying Gaza, which he described as the least desirable scenario.

Posted on May 18, 2007 READ MORE


Possible U.S. Troop Increase in Baghdad

Gen. George W. Casey announced that he is considering sending more U.S. troops to Iraq in order to help quell the violence. This is a major reversal of the military withdrawal that started last December. The reductions stopped in June when the violence in Baghdad showed no signs of abatement.

Posted on Oct 24, 2006 READ MORE


U.S. Ambassador: Iran Inciting Iraq Attacks

“Iran is pressing Shiite militias here to step up attacks against the American-led forces in retaliation for the Israeli assault on Lebanon, the American ambassador to Iraq said Friday,” according to the N.Y. Times.
It remains to be seen whether the peace deal between Israel and Hezbollah will blunt Iran’s alleged fomentation of violence.

Posted on Aug 12, 2006 READ MORE


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From georgetownheckler.com

Ambassador: Bush Didn’t Know Sunni From Shiite

More inspiring news about our leader from Raw Story: “Former Ambassador to Croatia Peter Galbraith is claiming President George W. Bush was unaware that there were two major sects of Islam just two months before the President ordered troops to invade Iraq.”

  • Can’t say we didn’t see this coming. Remember Bush’s infamous “World Leaders Pop Quiz”? (video)

  • Posted on Aug 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Molly Ivins: Maybe If We Tried a Slingshot

    Confrontational hard-liners Don Rumsfeld and John Bolton continue to ramp up tensions between the U.S. and North Korea; Molly Ivins wonders if maybe it’s still not too late for a little diplomacy.

    Posted on Jun 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Iraqi Ambassador to America, Samir al-Sumaidaie

    Iraqi Ambassador to America: Marines Killed My Cousin

    Watch the exchange on CNN in which Al-Sumaidaie makes the startling accusation.

    Posted on May 31, 2006 READ MORE


    Iraqi Ambassador
    From Americablog

    Iraqi Ambassador to U.S.: Marines Killed My Cousin

    The new Iraqi ambassador to America, fresh after meeting Bush in Washington for the first time, told CNN that U.S. Marines killed his cousin in cold blood in Haditha five months before the November massacre there. (h/t: The Dan Report)
    This is huge: The ambassador of a newly minted “friendly” country went on national TV to accuse the U.S. of murdering a relative. Diplomatically speaking, it’s a violent smack across Bush’s face.

    Posted on May 30, 2006 READ MORE


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