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Top Diplomat Says U.S. Has Lost 60% of Its Career Ambassadors ...

Just a continuation of a long standing trend to replace professionals with political hacks in every position of government.

After Shirley Temple was washed up as an actress, she became a political hack, which landed her the ambassadorship to Ghana for a year and a half in the mid 70s, followed by a 6 month stint as the US' "Chief of Protocol" (party planner). With those jobs on her resume, she was ambassador to Czechoslovakia from 1989 to 92. I remember the media uproar at her total lack of qualification for the Ghana gig, other than knowing the right people. Of course, since then the best known case is the head of a horse breeder's association being put in charge of the agency responsible for organizing response to disasters.

Our current Secretary of Education has never served on a school board, been a school administrator, nor a teacher, or even attended a public school or college. Her only qualification is knowing the right people.

So far, the US Surgeon General has generally been an MD. The current one is an anesthesiologist. I'm sure it's just a matter of time before we have a Surgeon General who only qualification is work as a drug or hospital company lobbyist.

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