eye on Pinellas County: Sticker price for ambassadorships dropping

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Sticker price for ambassadorships dropping

They don't get it. You have a president and an administration that does what they say they are going to do. Ambassador "Cowboy Bob" Sembler clowning around at the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club, May 28, 2003, fielding a question from the floor about the European perception that "jingoistic cowboys" run the US State Department.

Michael Crowley, a senior editor at The New Republic, was shocked to report in the Dec. 2004 Reader's Digest that George W. Bush named George Argyros to be ambassador to Spain even though he did not speak Spanish. He notes that Argyros did ontribute $100,000 to the Bush-Cheney inaugural committee. But we're not shocked. After all, we know that in 1988 George H. W. Bush, the President's daddy, nominated Joseph Zappala to be ambassador to Spain even though Mr. Zappala claimed to be a co-founder of Straight, Inc. (a chain of juvenile drug rehabilitation programs that had been accussed of child abuse all over the country); his sister was a convicted cocaine dealer; and he was but a high school graduate who didn't speak Spanish either! But Joe Zappala had donated $126,000 to them Republicans. (Bush I named Peter Secchia, a $100K donor from Michigan, as his choice for ambassador to Italy even though he was not fluent in Italian. When asked what he hoped to accomplish in Italy, Secchia reputedly answered, "I’m looking for a big-titted woman".) Homeland Security should really be concerned about what information political buffoons leave laying around on their kitchen tables or throw out in their trash.

Related stories:
Bush puts friends in high places, Christian Science Monitor
Rumor says Ambassador Sembler and others to be fired, World Peace Hearld
White House for Sale


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