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    Quote Originally Posted by Helena View Post
    In the words of this article, an inherent part of an ambassador's job is to attract as little attention as possible, so "their accomplishments (or failures) tend to go unnoticed." Here are some examples of what they can do, though, and those are things that did attract attention:



    https://www.theatlantic.com/china/ar...he-prc/281687/

    Another one:



    https://www.hrad.cz/en/president-of-...es/jan-masaryk
    Do you think any of those things were done without the authorization of the president?

    The day we got instant communication is the day the importance of ambassadors ended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    Do you think any of those things were done without the authorization of the president?

    The day we got instant communication is the day the importance of ambassadors ended.
    Again, it's not just about communicating something, although that is important but those things happened even though we have instant communication, but more than that was needed. It's about people having firsthand knowledge about the situations and the context. One person cannot do that in every situation all around the world day in and day out. Use common sense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGaffer View Post
    Ignorance.....
    Good grief. That's why I have him on ignore. And every once in a while, I make the mistake of hitting "view post." Has anyone told him that there's no prize for being the second person to post in every thread?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Babba View Post
    Again, it's not just about communicating something, although that is important but those things happened even though we have instant communication, but more than that was needed. It's about people having firsthand knowledge about the situations and the context. One person cannot do that in every situation all around the world day in and day out. Use common sense.
    The ambassador does not gather first hand information, others do, put it in a report and hand it to him, he in turn hands that to the president or whomever.

    There is a reason that the position of ambassador is handed out like candy to friends of the president, its because its a low risk, low committal job that's damn near impossible to fuck up.

    Once congress disallowed the position of post-master general for the presidents friends and supporters they started using our embassy's as payback for their top supporters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TennesseeRain View Post
    Good grief. That's why I have him on ignore. And every once in a while, I make the mistake of hitting "view post." Has anyone told him that there's no prize for being the second person to post in every thread?
    Of all the things to whine about you are seriously concerned about what position I post in?

    Wow, someone needs to seriously get a hobby or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    Of all the things to whine about you are seriously concerned about what position I post in?

    Wow, someone needs to seriously get a hobby or something.
    Oh the irony...

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    Quote Originally Posted by HayJenn View Post
    Oh the irony...
    OH MY GOD, you posted in the top 30.

    Again!

    You seriously need to get a life man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGaffer View Post
    Time for another Mencken quote:

    “Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. No one in this world, so far as I know—and I have researched the records for years, and employed agents to help me—has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.”
    ― H.L. Mencken, Notes on Democracy

    Let's do one more:

    “The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.”
    ― H.L. Mencken
    To the bold: tRump in one sentence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Friday13 View Post
    To the bold: tRump in one sentence.
    The shoe fits=the demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots=Trump in one sentence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Friday13 View Post
    To the bold: tRump in one sentence.
    The shoe fits=the demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots=Trump in one sentence.

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