Book Review of
Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century
by George Packer
Knopf, 592 pp., $30.00
From the below New York Review of Books review by Thomas Powers. under the title :
“The Fog of Ambition”
“Holbrooke was the mission leader,” Packer writes, “and he loved speed.”
“By the time” Obama was elected, Packer writes, “Iraq was the letter ‘I’ stamped on the foreheads of Democrats like Holbrooke.”
Thomas Powers, The New York Review of Books
JUNE 6, 2019 ISSUE
Tomas Muscionico/Contact Press ImagesRichard Holbrooke and Kofi Annan at the United Nations, New York City, October 2000***JB: A Minor note for historians, an addendum to the above-cited book review*
[I served as the Public Affairs Officer at American Embassy Belgrade, 1995-1998, and spent much time in the presence of Holbrooke, especially when he was communicating with the media. My job was to handle public diplomacy at the U.S. mission. Some observations pertaining to that driven (for what destination?) r..
Gaia Pianigiani, The New York Times, Feb 27, 2019; original article contains links; see also (1)
Image from article, with caption: Richard Gardner in 1977, the year he was appointed ambassador to Italy. He toggled between diplomatic assignments and a career as a Columbia University law professor.
Richard Gardner, who in the late 1970s served as the American ambassador to Italy in a period of political violence there and concern in Washington about the Italian Communist Party’s growing strength, died on Feb. 16 at his home in Manhattan. He was 91.
His daughter, Nina Gardner, said the cause was congestive heart failure.
While his profile was probably highest when he was posted to Rome, Dr. Gardner was also an adviser to Democratic presidential candidates and a distinguished law professor at Columbia University.
One candidate he advised was Jimmy Carter, who on becoming president in 1977 appointed Dr. Gardner to the Rome post.
Until then, American officials had long supported Italy’s Chr..
Members of New Delhi's diplomatic corps and others relished the cuisine in large numbers. PHOTO: EXPRESSPakistani cuisine proved to be a major attraction for visitorsat the annual Charity Bazaar, organised by the Delhi Commonwealth Women Association (DCWA) in New Delhi on Sunday.Pakistan’s participation in the event was managed by the Ladies Club of the Pakistan High Commission, led by High Commissioner’s spouse Mahwish Sohail Mahmood.The Pakistan cooking team, spearheaded by Chef Yasir Suleman, prepared a wide range of delicious items, especially biryani, chicken tikka, chicken malai boti and chapli kabab.
PHOTO: EXPRESSMembers of the Delhi-based diplomatic corps and various segments of the capital’s social circles thronged the Pakistani stall in big numbers and savoured the food.Pakistani chefs denied Indian visa for Amritsar food festivalSpeaking on the occasion, High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood noted that DCWA Bazaar was one of the most awaited events in Delhi..
“The evil, terrible, subversive, cowardly attack by the NATO army on Serbia and Yugoslavia is proof of the neo-Nazi policies of the USA and its satellites. Serbia will defend itself against the aggressor and will defeat the enemy,” Vucic was quoted as saying by RTS.
Mark Landler and Katie Rogers, The New York Times, March 7, 2019; original article contains links
Image from article: John R. Bolton, the national security adviser, has followed President Trump’s lead in using Twitter to promote the administration’s agenda.CreditCreditDoug Mills/The New York Times
WASHINGTON — President Trump threw out the diplomatic rule book when he took office, tweeting gleefully about sensitive global issues, be it the nuclear showdown with North Korea or burden sharing within NATO. Now he has spawned a squad of in-house imitators.
John R. Bolton, the national security adviser, has tweeted more than 150 times about the political crisis in Venezuela, demanding that the country’s embattled president, Nicolás Maduro, go into exile and championing his waiting-in-the-wings replacement, Juan Guaidó.
Jason D. Greenblatt, Mr. Trump’s Middle East envoy, has taken to Twitter dozens of times to debate or chide Palestinian leaders, with whom the White House has had no formal ..