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Bush’s ambassadors, Obama’s critics

By Laurie Bennett

May 30, 2014 at 8:49am

Before the election, many would-be ambassadors are prominent supporters of the candidate.

After the term is over, ex-diplomats are in prime position to defend their president’s record and - if his successor happens to be in the opposing party - criticize the current administration.

There’s probably no better example than John Bolton, George W. Bush’s ambassador to the United Nations. At the CPAC conference in March, Bolton described President Obama as “our biggest national security crisis.”

John Bolton
John Bolton

He’s not the only vocal critic on Bush’s diplomatic team.

  • Francis Rooney, former ambassador to the Holy See, recently complained to Newsmax about the cooling of U.S. relations with the Vatican.

Are they foreign affairs experts or presidential-legacy spin doctors?

It depends on your politics.

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