The Amateur Hour

Szulc, Tad
May 1977
New Republic;5/28/77, Vol. 176 Issue 22, p20
Focuses on the appointments of several people connected with politics as ambassadors to several countries. Discussion on the poor functioning of State Department officials; Criticism of U.S. President Jimmy Carter's practice of choosing political appointees, who do not even meet the minimal criteria for ambassadorship, as ambassadors as it hampers the spirit of professionalism; View of the American Foreign Service Association that no more than 10 percent of all ambassadors should be non-career and no more than 15 percent in any given geographic area; Discussion on political ambassadors appointed by Carter to Latin American and European countries; Opposition of the American Foreign Service Association to setting up of a special screening commission to pass on nominations of non-career ambassadors; Information on several government officials appointed by Carter as ambassadors.


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