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A GOAL FOR AMERICAN DIPLOMATIC LEADERS

Next to Cuba and Venezuela –Argentina is the most challenging transitioning nation in Latin America.

Skilled diplomatic leadership is needed — but alas one of the finest US Ambassadorial Residences is there.  The second most distinguished Palace in BsAs and among the top ten overseas properties of the USG.  Quite a draw for the Bundlers.

http://www.doaks.org/library-archives/dumbarton-oaks-archives/from-the-archives/the-cost-of-ambassadorial-entertaining-and-the-bliss-tableware-with-the-department-of-state-great-seal

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Obama in 2012 election reported that
773 Bundlers collected more than $50K
and some 117 Bundlers collected more that $500K

The Romney campaign refused to report any bundling

Both McCain and Obama issued reports on their BUNDLERS in the 2008 race on their web sites.
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Buenos Aires is not the first time at bat assignment for a rookie diplomat who is not fluent in Spanish.  Noah Mamet – a LA Bundler who told the SFRC that Argentina was an “ally” of the US and was a maturing democracy until he was beaten up by Senators Menedez (NJ) and Rubio (FL) who know Latin American Affairs.   The SFRC will vote on Mamet nomination shortly.
An unqualified bundler without language skills to do America’s business in
Argentina who will be the darling of the English speaking 1% in BsAs.   But totally out of contact with the majority of Argentines – who do not speak English and have one of the lowest views of the USA in the world.   How do we make friends when our Ambassador does not even speak their language?
 

Ahh, but the gardens.. and the staff speak some English.   See the pix.

Sadly,  Tex

A GOAL FOR AMERICAN DIPLOMATIC LEADERS (not AFSA approved) 
Significant Diplomatic or other International Experience
In accordance with the Foreign Service Act of 1980, normally the nominee is a member of the career Foreign Service, experienced in the profession and practice of diplomacy.  Alternately, the nominee has substantially equivalent international experience or other demonstrated and relevant expertise for service as chief of mission.  Bearing in mind the importance of perception as well as adherence to U.S. law, campaign contributions are not a factor in the nominee’s selection.
A key standard when “class” has been replaced by “money” and prestige & lifetime titles are hard to obtain.
A GOAL FOR AMERICAN DIPLOMATIC LEADERS (not AFSA approved) 
Significant Diplomatic or other International Experience
In accordance with the Foreign Service Act of 1980, normally the nominee is a member of the career Foreign Service, experienced in the profession and practice of diplomacy.  Alternately, the nominee has substantially equivalent international experience or other demonstrated and relevant expertise for service as chief of mission.  Bearing in mind the importance of perception as well as adherence to U.S. law, campaign contributions are not a factor in the nominee’s selection.
 
A key standard when “class” has been replaced by “money” and prestige & lifetime titles are hard to obtain.
 
 
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