China Ambassador’s American Tale

Mar 10, 2011
President Obama nominated Gary Locke, the first Chinese-American commerce secretary, to be the next US 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).
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And Commerce Secretary Goes to …

Dec 3, 2008
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.

Pakistan PM: U.S. Airstrikes ‘Intolerable’

Nov 20, 2008
American airstrikes in Pakistan aren't sitting so well with the locals Pakistan PM Yousuf Raza Gilani summoned the US 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 can keep bombing Pakistan if Pakistan can keep complaining about it.

Bolivia Puts DEA on Hold

Nov 2, 2008
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.

Attack on U.S. Embassy in Yemen

Sep 17, 2008
An attack on the US 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 global "war on terror".

‘¡Adios, Ambassador!’ Say Chavez and Morales

Sep 12, 2008
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.

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

Aug 14, 2008
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?

Iran Condemns Clinton

May 2, 2008
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.

The Petraeus and Crocker Show

Apr 9, 2008
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.