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Topic - Howard Gutman
The gay community is cheering President Obama for nominating three open homosexuals to ambassadorial posts, while the head of the Catholic League is denouncing the mainstream media for ignoring news of a U.S. ambassador accused of soliciting sex from children.
A longtime confidante of Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton who reportedly played a key role in the State Department's damage-control efforts on the Benghazi attack last year is also named in accusations that department higher-ups quashed investigations into diplomats' potential criminal activity.
Congress and the State Department's inspector general are examining allegations that senior officials working under Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton may have suppressed investigations into suspected criminal activity among U.S. diplomats abroad — including the alleged solicitation of prostitutes by an ambassador in Europe.
The remarks by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, coupled with those of Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta and U.S. Ambassador to Belgium Howard Gutman, represent a concerted effort by the Obama administration to denigrate Israel and diminish American support for our only real democratic ally in the Middle East ("Blaming the victim - again," Commentary, Thursday).
The Obama administration is defending the U.S. ambassador to Belgium and ignoring calls from many Jewish-American leaders to denounce the envoy for remarks they see as blaming Israel for anti-Semitism among European Muslims.
The U.S. ambassador to Belgium, a Jewish lawyer and son of a Holocaust survivor, created a firestorm of controversy over remarks widely seen as blaming Israel for anti-Semitism among Muslims in Europe.
Mr. Gutman also issued a statement Tuesday, saying he was "angered and saddened" by "baseless allegations that have appeared in the press."
"To watch the four years I have proudly served in Belgium smeared is devastating," he said. "I live on a beautiful park in Brussels that you walk through to get to many locations, and at no point have I ever engaged in any improper activity."