It would be alarming if Jeff Flake, once an apartheid South Africa praise singer, is appointed the next U.S. ambassador to South Africa. Recent reports suggest that Jeff Flake, the former Arizona Republican senator, may soon get a diplomatic appointment. Flake himself revealed he has been in touch with the Biden administration over the possibility of being appointed an ambassador. “I have an interest in making sure that President Biden’s foreign policy is bipartisan,” he told CNN . The political newswire Axios went further and specifically said Biden is reportedly considering Flake as ambassador to South Africa. If this happens, appointing the GOP “civility hero” would be viewed in South Africa as insensitive on the part of the Biden administration. Jeff Flake would probably be a good non-partisan ambassador for the United States wherever he may go—but not in South Africa. The United States has lost a lot of luster with a Trump foreign policy that culled experienced career diplomats and appointed in their place dubious characters (his friends, aides, wealthy donors) to key posts as far as England and Ukraine . Trump’s former ambassador to England, Robert Johnson, who apart from facing accusations of race and sexist tropes, disgraced… Read full this story
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