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2012-10-12 Africa North
US names new diplomat to Libya to replace Stevens
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Posted by Fred 2012-10-12 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [336073 views ]  Top
 File under: Arab Spring 

#1 Good luck, Mr. Pope on the new appointment. Given the State Department's lack of care about security, you will need it.
Posted by Alaska Paul 2012-10-12 01:09||   2012-10-12 01:09|| Front Page Top

#2 So why appoint a charge d'affaires instead of an ambassador?
Posted by tipper 2012-10-12 01:49||   2012-10-12 01:49|| Front Page Top

#3 Ambassador must be confirmed by the Senate. I don't believe a recess appointment can be made unless the name is first submitted and THEN the Senate goes out of session but I could be wrong. Besides, there's only a few months to the election. If Obama lost, the ambassador might change with the new administration. Moving someone all the way over there as ambassador for a 2.5 month tour is kinda crazy.
Posted by crosspatch 2012-10-12 04:09||   2012-10-12 04:09|| Front Page Top

#4 Thanks crosspatch. That all makes sense.
Posted by tipper 2012-10-12 05:14||   2012-10-12 05:14|| Front Page Top

#5 Recess appointment, smeshesh appointment, hasn't stopped them before. Great idea though, sending a guy named Pope.
Posted by swksvolFF 2012-10-12 10:03||   2012-10-12 10:03|| Front Page Top

#6 I hope Pope knows it is 'BYOS'.
Posted by WacoInMN 2012-10-12 10:11||   2012-10-12 10:11|| Front Page Top

#7 If I were him - I'd keep the number for the French Foreign Legion on my speed dial :-)
Posted by Raider 2012-10-12 10:24||   2012-10-12 10:24|| Front Page Top

#8 "You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred."
-- SuperChicken
Posted by mojo 2012-10-12 10:27||   2012-10-12 10:27|| Front Page Top

#9 Should've picked someone who could've bought his own skilled security see Cohors amicorum, aka military retainer, household guard.
Posted by Procopius2k 2012-10-12 11:53||   2012-10-12 11:53|| Front Page Top

#10 "We will continue to assist as Libya builds democratic institutions and broad respect for the rule of law -- the goals that Ambassador Stevens worked hard to achieve."

Looks like that one still needs a little work...
Posted by tu3031 2012-10-12 11:56||   2012-10-12 11:56|| Front Page Top

#11 "Should've picked someone who could've bought his own skilled security "

that's actually an interesting idea. maybe the USA should start sending "gladiator-ambassadors" to the outskirts of our empire. at least we would have the satisfaction of knowing these people can take care of themselves. right now - i avoid US embassies at all cost. you can never tell what's going to happen in their neighborhood. really. :-)
Posted by Raider 2012-10-12 14:44||   2012-10-12 14:44|| Front Page Top

#12 Pope is the son of a Medal of Honor recipient. Hope Pope does not end up dead.
Posted by JohnQC 2012-10-12 17:53||   2012-10-12 17:53|| Front Page Top

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