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Obama Appoints New Libya Ambassador

by Keith Koffler on March 13, 2013, 12:14 pm

President Obama today nominated career diplomat Deborah Jones to be U.S. Ambassador to Libya.

Deborah K. JonesJones of course would replace the late Christopher Stevens, who was killed in Benghazi by terrorists last year.

Jones served as ambassador to Kuwait from 2008-2011. She has wide-ranging experience, having served as Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, Turkey and on other assignments in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Baghdad, Iraq; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Damascus, Syria.

She currently is Scholar-in-Residence at the Middle East Institute in Washington, DC.

According top her State Department bio, she is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a B.S. in history (magna cum laude) and a distinguished graduate of the National War College of the National Defense University with an M.S. in national security strategy. She speaks Arabic, Spanish and French.

And she’s a brave woman.

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mo1 March 13, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Hope she can afford to hire her own security people.

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jerry March 13, 2013 at 11:37 pm

gonna need the Rock, Arnie, Bruce, Bond…….

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RickW March 13, 2013 at 12:18 pm

“and Deborah, let me be clear…..I’ve got your back!………..Just don’t call after regular business hours with any problems.”

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Julie Brueckheimer March 13, 2013 at 12:20 pm

“like”

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Lizzy March 13, 2013 at 1:17 pm

And never at 3am goes to voicemail.

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Girly1 March 13, 2013 at 3:52 pm

…and definitely not on week-ends!

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jerry March 13, 2013 at 11:32 pm

and for sure while I am out on the 16th with tiger

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veritaseequitas March 13, 2013 at 12:19 pm

I can just hear the fanatics slobbering and licking their chops now.

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florida gal March 13, 2013 at 12:22 pm

“and Deborah, let me be clear…..this has nothing to do with the war on women”

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Star March 13, 2013 at 12:23 pm

…make no mistake…

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Star March 13, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Stay in the embassy–we are still trying to figure out what happened to the other guy.

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RickW March 13, 2013 at 12:26 pm

“and….uh…..don’t watch any ….uh….movies, ya know? We’ve had ….uh….some problems with ….uh…..movie makers in those parts”

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JBH March 13, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Well for the first time at least, it appears Obama has actually appointed someone qualified.

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Rod March 13, 2013 at 3:12 pm

he has to have a few around to hide behind…

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RickW March 13, 2013 at 12:31 pm

BTW any of my comments are certainly NOT against Ms. Jones. I agree with Keith, she’s a brave person (bravery is unisex in my book). Her boss, on the other hand, is the south bound end of a northbound horse.

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FLDemFem March 13, 2013 at 10:00 pm

Please don’t insult horses like that. He is what comes out of the south end of a north-bound horse.

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srdem65 March 13, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Why oh why would the President select a woman to be our Ambassador to a country that places the welfare of goats above their women?

I guess as long as she has a shotgun, she’ll be safe from attacking militants.

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florida gal March 13, 2013 at 12:58 pm

She can’t use the shotgun unless she has a balcony to stand on.

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stefie March 13, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Don’t forget, she can shoot through the front door as well.

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DeniseVB March 13, 2013 at 1:00 pm

My first thought too. Godspeed Madam Ambassador.

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ImNoDhimmi March 14, 2013 at 7:54 am

It makes about as much sense as appointing a gay man to the post. Barry invites trouble whatever he does, wherever he goes.

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RT March 13, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Come on guys… Take the day off. And, if required, take some Rolaids to sop up the acid spewing forth.

Most of the posts on this thread do not lighten (enlighten?…lol) up the room. Rather, they are dark, sad reminders of a dog eating its own puke…

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Star March 13, 2013 at 1:10 pm

…that charm school is really working out for ya. Sorry–was that ad hom?

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srdem65 March 13, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Artie, charming as ever.

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Sadie March 13, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Charm offense? It isn’t working.

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stefie March 13, 2013 at 1:36 pm

It must be comforting to be a low information voter~

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Langley Spook March 13, 2013 at 2:20 pm

A “US Ambassador” was MURDERD in Libya and the current ‘US Government (“Pres.” Obama) did NOTHING to ‘stand up’ to defend the Honor of the USA…

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Julie Brueckheimer March 13, 2013 at 3:12 pm

A person who has to lol himself, that’s what’s sad.

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RT March 13, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Geez… What a pity party you are having today. Beats having to pay a shrink I suppose… :)

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gracepmc March 13, 2013 at 5:28 pm

Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world ….:)

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FLDemFem March 13, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Are they as dark as what happened to the last Ambassador to Libya? And your “hero” Obama could have prevented it by giving one order so that the strike force sitting ready to go could have gone in and rescued the embassy and consulate personnel. I am the daughter of a Foreign Service officer, and I was literally physically ill about what happened to those people. Their own government sent them into harms way and then abandoned them to the lunatic mob. This is unprecedented in the history of the State Department. Only the president could give that order and he didn’t. Then he went off to Vegas for some fundraising while the bodies were still warm. Disgusting, absolutely disgusting. I hope that one day you are in a situation where one word from Obama can save your sorry ass. And I hope it doesn’t come, like it didn’t come for the Ambassador.

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Island Girl March 14, 2013 at 4:02 am

Amen FLDemFem and the rest of you.

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RT March 14, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Sorry to disappoint, but I am not the miserable one here. In this space, I am a breath of fresh air while most wring their hands and spew venom… I like our President while most here puke and then eat their own vomit – metaphorically of course…

Have a nice day!

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ImNoDhimmi March 14, 2013 at 7:56 am

RT, if it makes you so miserable to visit this blog, why bother?

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Marilyn Miller March 14, 2013 at 11:44 am

Yeah! That’s the image I was looking for…

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florida gal March 13, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Deborah, congratulations on your new appointment. Please take the time right now to schedule your next vacation to be far away from your job duties around Sept 11th of every year. And please do NOT ask Susan Rice for any advice.

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William March 13, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Brave indeed. Is there a place we can send gifts like body armor or a good semi-auto rifle to so she can defend herself when the administration doesn’t give a rip?

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AFVet March 13, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Does she have a conceal carry permit or is she going to rely on the military?
Brave woman,…yes.
Stupid, possibly.
Fool,..maybe.

Any attachment to the Obama administration is a tenuous enterprise to say the least.

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stefie March 13, 2013 at 1:34 pm

I hope this gal can use an AR-15.

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AFVet March 13, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Not needed.
All you need is a double barrel shotgun.
No really !
Joe Biden said so !

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Lizzy March 13, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Or a drone and someone willing to fire the bloody thing!

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Regina March 13, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Good luck!

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cincycinco March 13, 2013 at 1:46 pm

“And she’s a brave woman.” – Keith Koffler

Truer words were never spoken. Don’t worry, Barry’s got your back, girl!

By the way, as a rule, Arabs prefer blondes, even if they’re not quite genuine. Considering what happened to Ambassador Stephens, you should be quite popular at the next Embassy sacking…

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AFVet March 13, 2013 at 3:25 pm

The only back Barry worries about is his.
The last ambassador was sodomized in the street.
Now he’s sending a woman to into that Islamic cesspool ?

This woman is a fool to enter into that environment.
Koffler said that she is a brave woman.
I contend that she is stupid.

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cincycinco March 14, 2013 at 9:26 am

Sorry, AFVet, that was /sarc/ about Obama having her back. If you look at the next paragraph, that is NOT sarc and agrees with your assessment of the situation.

We’re on the same page. Women are not treated well or respected in Islamic countries. Obama knows this. He’s doubtless telling us something with this choice, then.

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Lizzy March 13, 2013 at 2:03 pm

I am waiting for smoke pray if you wish I think this is the puff I’ve been waiting
for. Pax vobiscum.

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srdem65 March 13, 2013 at 2:19 pm

White smoke, pealing bells. We have a Pope.

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Julie Brueckheimer March 13, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Francis I from Argentina.

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Julie Brueckheimer March 13, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Poor guy, he looks like Harry Reid.

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Lizzy March 13, 2013 at 4:26 pm

I think he’s got a lovely smile and he rides the bus my kind of
example of how to father his people.

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Julie Brueckheimer March 13, 2013 at 4:56 pm

He has a sweet smile too, and he’s my kind of person because he really did not seek the papacy. He’s a Jesuit too so he should be able to balance church doctrine with concern for the downtrodden.

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Langley Spook March 13, 2013 at 2:15 pm

A “US Ambassador” is ATTACKED & MURDERED in Libya on Sept. 11, 2012… (that is an ‘Act of War’) and the ‘President of the US’ or anyone else cares?

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gracepmc March 13, 2013 at 2:20 pm

She’s qualified and brave. I fail to see how putting a woman in this position will improve our negotiations with Libya. I hope she can handle a firearm.

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Langley Spook March 13, 2013 at 2:24 pm

An Ambassador of the USA is MURDERED in Libya, and then we sent another one…
(and no one cares or questions…)

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troy c March 13, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Who would take that job after what Obama did to Stevens?

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JP March 13, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Troy, I agree. It’s taken this long to find someone because everyone else who was offered the job wisely turned it down. This woman must be desperate. I do wish her well.

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GotFreedom March 13, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Is she nuts; they don’t respect woman in the middle east. . .the admin must have something on her–pray she stays safe and doesn’t ruin her life by allowing herself to be used as a pawn by the most corrupt admin in the history of our country.

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GotFreedom March 13, 2013 at 3:05 pm

. . .and here we are 6 mos after the murder of 4 Americans and still no answers/no one held accountable/no access to the survivors!!! That’s the real story IMO!

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Julie Brueckheimer March 13, 2013 at 3:34 pm

I just read on Drudge that the US has tumbled in world opinion except for a few places like Mexico (figures). I wish Ambassador Jones and all our diplomatic service well, especially those in the hot spots of the world like Libya. And may this administration find some guts somewhere to preserve and protect you.

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Langley Spook March 13, 2013 at 3:52 pm

…I am kinda glad I “failed” the ‘Foreign Service Officer’ test a few years ago

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Jeff1000 March 13, 2013 at 4:31 pm

It doesn’t say in your blog what Ms. Jones’ political bent is, but knowing Barack Obama it seems that it’s the perfect post for a republican or a conservative.

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Susan March 13, 2013 at 6:12 pm

First he appointed a homosexual man, who was brutally murdered by a group of throwbacks to the 5th century, and now he appoints a woman. Many of your wise WHD readers have already illustrated the folly of his choice. The person pulling the strings of this failed demagogue is not only evil, they are sinister. Please Ms. Jones, stay far away from Benghazi.

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Lizzy March 13, 2013 at 7:40 pm

I’m not so sure what disorder Obama suffers from. Your points were
interesting to say the least and spot on too. Believe it’s rather like the faux WH tour shutdown he just loves to watch American’s suffer and twist in the wind with anger and disbelief. One of these days a big dose
of schadenfreude is going to come along and dumb on the Obamas.
Big time. Sinister is a very good word for Mr & Mrs Evil.

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jerry March 13, 2013 at 11:36 pm

Make sure she stops off in Rome first and get blessed by the new pope.

Hey! can’t hurt!

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OldmanRick March 14, 2013 at 1:40 am

Hope she packing some heavy heat..

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Marilyn Miller March 14, 2013 at 11:41 am

Now, if ya wanna know Benghazi and it’s bloody aftermath ,
Ya gotta topple the objections of Obama and his staff.
“Cuz they’re blamin’ it on a video an’ kickin’ it down the line
Cuz they didn’t save our people, cuz they didn’t have the time.
So he dispensed with heir defense on our dime.

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Michael W. Stewart March 14, 2013 at 10:02 pm

“May I ask what happened to my contemporary?”

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