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Embassy Row: Nothing to smile at
But all his skills failed him over the weekend when he tried to calm Georgia’s most-bitter political rivals as they traded insults onboard a visiting U.S. warship.
The spat between President Mikheil Saakashvili and Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili drew intense press coverage, which included accounts of Mr. Norland smiling as the two leaders savaged each other on the USS Bulkeley.
“It is regrettable that some have chosen to misinterpret Ambassador Norland’s facial expression during President Saakashvili’s remarks aboard the USS Bulkeley,” the embassy said. “The Ambassador was smiling at the fact that his efforts to restore protocol at a representational event of this nature were ineffective.”
In other words, the embassy admitted that Mr. Norland failed to stop the quarreling Georgians from spoiling what was supposed to have been a routine diplomatic affair designed to show U.S. solidarity with Georgia, which remains under threat from Russia five years after a 2008 border war that claimed 272 lives.
Mr. Saakashvili suggested his rival is in “cahoots with Georgia’s enemy,” meaning Russia. Mr. Ivanishvili accused the president of personal responsibility for the war, which began when Georgian troops deployed to two separatist regions on the border with Russia. Russian troops responded by driving out the Georgian forces.
The U.S. ambassador to Australia married his gay lover over the weekend in Washington, just days before they are due to leave for his new assignment in a country that bans homosexual marriage.
But Ambassador John Berry and his spouse, Curtis Yee, are unlikely to feel any stigma in Australia — which gave the world its first publicly recognized gay diplomatic couple 14 years ago.
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James Morrison joined the The Washington Times in 1983 as a local reporter covering Alexandria, Va. A year later, he was assigned to open a Times bureau in Canada. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Morrison was The Washington Times reporter in London, covering Britain, Western Europe and NATO issues. After returning to Washington, he served as an assistant foreign editor ...
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