American Ambassadors The Past, Present, and Future of by Dennis C Jett (auth.)

By Dennis C Jett (auth.)

Some of these named as American ambassadors are the made from either a general culture and a thinly veiled kind of corruption. 'American Ambassadors' explains how an individual turns into an envoy, the place they move, what they do and why, in modern day ever extra globalized global, they're extra vital than ever.

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The prevailing view for much of the nineteenth century, particularly during the presidency of Andrew Jackson, had been that the business of government was not all that complicated. As a result, the United States was the only Western nation that rejected the idea of permanent diplomatic missions and held fast to the notion that career diplomats were unnecessary. 20 As the United States entered its second century with growing economic and political interests abroad, American diplomats were not up to the task of protecting those interests.

20 l American Ambassadors Congress also had a hand in reforming the State Department, like it has from time to time throughout the country’s history. In 1856, legislation was passed that, among other things, set the salaries for ministers at $10,000 for most posts and a maximum of $17,500 for the most expensive postings, such as those in London and Paris. This salary cap was not raised for more than a century until after World War II. Although Congress periodically mandates changes in the foreign affairs bureaucracy, it is easier to legislate reform than to appropriate the resources to pay for it.

2 Because of the workload, there is always a committee that is responsible for making recommendations on such decisions. The president will ultimately sign off on the appointments, but the committee does the work and presents the names of those recommended to the president for approval. A committee not only eases the president’s workload but also offers the president some insulation from job seekers. As will be explained later in the chapter, it allows the president to say no without saying no and avoid saying yes to the wrong person by mistake.

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