‘Mr Swagger’ on Day 30 of the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump

by Rashmee

Posted on October 24, 2019


Mike Pompeo is still at the US State Department and is still His Master’s Voice. Just about. That’s despite his growing role in the Ukraine controversy and the sense that he serves Donald Trump as enabler and lackey rather than as a foreign policy professional. Why should we expect it to be any different? Mr Pompeo … Continue reading “‘Mr Swagger’ on Day 30 of the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump”

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Trump-Pompeo foreign policy ‘swagger’ is a year old & all about spin

by Rashmee

Posted on May 3, 2019


Friday, April 26 marked a year since Mike Pompeo promised to restore the State Department’s “swagger.” It was an odd word then and it remains an odd word now. The US State Department may be many things but swaggering is not the term that comes to mind. Despite the Trump administration, America’s diplomats carry weight … Continue reading “Trump-Pompeo foreign policy ‘swagger’ is a year old & all about spin”

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America’s ambassadors reflect the country? Yes, that fund-raising pays off

by Rashmee

Posted on March 25, 2015


America’s ambassadors reflect the place they come from. In the sense that the US takes initiative and fund-raising seriously and rewards it accordingly. This is the most charitable way to describe the fact that the US often sends, to far-flung outposts, people who are not trained diplomats, don’t seem to be necessarily diplomatic, have no … Continue reading “America’s ambassadors reflect the country? Yes, that fund-raising pays off”

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Could a pirate ever become poster boy for US government?

by Rashmee

Posted on January 29, 2013


Foreign Policy’s daily Situation Report offers a droll story that illustrates the growing respect for communications rules among those who routinely break the law.  “Piracy has plummeted off the coast of Somalia,” it reports, extrapolating from the decision of a pirate called “Big Mouth” to quit the business.  “Big Mouth” famously held a press conference … Continue reading “Could a pirate ever become poster boy for US government?”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK