- The Washington Times - Monday, September 28, 2009


President Obama’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, Louis B. Susman, who was rewarded with this important appointment on account of his significant fundraising contributions to the president’s campaign, needs more lessons in diplomacy (Embassy Row, World, Wednesday).

It was highly irregular, even gauche, for Mr. Susman to insult Tony Blair, the former elected leader of the country where the new appointee had been sent to represent the United States at the Court of St. James’s. Criticism of Mr. Blair, who, after all, formally received the approval of Queen Elizabeth to lead the nation, was a serious breach of the decorum of international relations, not to mention a slap in the face of our long-standing and loyal ally.

While in office, the prime minister was one of the courageous leaders of the Free World, loved and admired by his countrymen. To have done Mr. Blair this blatant dishonor and thereby to have heaped scorn on the citizens of Britain for having elected his party to power is inexcusable, unless one sees it as simply an instance of ignorance of impropriety in diplomatic behavior.

Mr. Obama owes an apology to the queen and to the British people. Mr. Susman should be recalled forthwith and replaced or, at the very least, be called home for a few more lessons in diplomacy, to be conducted personally by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.


Chesapeake City, Md.

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