Total waste of taxpayers money but what’s new?


Fox News

Obama doesn’t rule out US embassy in Iran:

Realistically, what purpose or worthwhile functions do Embassies serve?

It common knowledge the positions of ambassadorships are given out as a pay back for the support a person has extended in some way to the president. Many times these favors/appointments are to family members of the supporters.

The following is a list of all of the USA’s ambassadors by country. Tell me they don’t cost our country a bundle. Do the math.

Wikipedia

Host country List Ambassador Website Confirmed
 Afghanistan List Michael McKinley Kabul [1] December 9, 2014
 Albania List Donald Lu Tirana [2] November 20, 2014
 Algeria List Joan Polaschik Algiers July 29, 2014
 Andorra[3] List James Costos Madrid August 1, 2013
 Angola List Helen La Lime Luanda May 15, 2014
 Antigua and Barbuda[4] List Larry Palmer Bridgetown March 29, 2012
 Argentina List Noah Mamet Buenos Aires December 2, 2014
 Armenia List Richard Mills Yerevan [3] December 16, 2014
 Australia List John Berry Canberra [4] August 1, 2013
 Austria List Alexa Wesner Vienna [5] August 1, 2013
 Azerbaijan List Robert Cekuta Baku December 16, 2014
The Bahamas Bahamas List Vacant since November 21, 2011
Lisa Johnson, Chargé d’Affaires a.i.
Nassau July 9, 2014
 Bahrain List William Roebuck Manama [6] November 18, 2014
 Bangladesh List Marcia Bernicat Dhaka November 18, 2014
 Barbados[4] List Larry Palmer Bridgetown March 29, 2012
 Belarus List Vacant since March 12, 2008
Scott Rauland, Chargé d’Affaires a.i.
Minsk June 30, 2014
 Belgium List Denise Bauer Brussels August 1, 2013
 Belize List Carlos Moreno Belmopan May 14, 2014
 Benin List Michael Raynor Cotonou May 24, 2012
 Bhutan The United States does not maintain formal diplomatic relations with Bhutan. Informal contact through the Indian embassy.
 Bolivia List Vacant since September 10, 2008
Peter Brennan, Chargé d’Affaires a.i.
La Paz June 2014
 Bosnia and Herzegovina List Maureen Cormack Sarajevo [7] November 19, 2014
 Botswana List Earl Miller Gaborone November 19, 2014
 Brazil List Liliana Ayalde Brasilia August 1, 2013
 Brunei List Craig Allen Bandar Seri Begawan November 18, 2014
 Bulgaria List Marcie Ries Sofia August 2, 2012
 Burkina Faso List Tulinabo Mushingi Ouagadougou July 9, 2013
 Burma (Myanmar)[5] List Derek Mitchell Rangoon [8] June 29, 2012
 Burundi List Dawn Liberi Bujumbura September 22, 2012
 Cambodia List William Todd Phnom Penh March 29, 2012
 Cameroon List Michael Hoza Yaoundé July 29, 2014
 Canada List Bruce Heyman Ottawa [9] March 12, 2014
 Cape Verde List Donald Helfin Praia December 12, 2014
 Central African Republic[6][7][8] List Vacant since December 28, 2012
David Brown, Charge d’Affaires, a.i.
Bangui August 1, 2013
 Chad List James Knight N’Djamena May 23, 2013
 Chile List Michael Hammer Santiago March 6, 2014
 China List Max Baucus Beijing [10] February 6, 2014
 Colombia List Kevin Whitaker Bogotá April 1, 2014
 Comoros[9] List Robert Yamate Antananarivo November 19, 2014
Republic of the Congo Congo-Brazzaville List Stephanie Sullivan Brazzaville August 1, 2013
Democratic Republic of the Congo Congo-Kinshasa List James Swan Kinshasa August 1, 2013
 Costa Rica List Vacant since June 12, 2013
Gonzalo Gallegos, Chargé d’Affaires a.i.
San José July 2013
 Croatia List Kenneth Merten Zagreb March 29, 2012
 Cuba List No diplomatic relations since January 3, 1961. Informal contact via the U.S. Interests Section in the Swiss embassy.
Havana Interest Section
 Cyprus List John Koenig Nicosia August 2, 2012
 Czech Republic List Andrew Schapiro Prague [11] July 23, 2014
 Denmark List Rufus Gifford Copenhagen [12] August 1, 2013
 Djibouti List Thomas Kelly Djibouti June 25, 2014
 Dominica[4] List Larry Palmer Bridgetown March 29, 2012
 Dominican Republic List Wally Brewster Santo Domingo November 14, 2013
 East Timor List Karen Clark Stanton Dili November 17, 2014
 Ecuador List Adam Namm Quito April 26, 2012
 Egypt List Robert Beecroft Cairo June 26, 2014
 El Salvador List Mari Aponte San Salvador September 22, 2010
 Equatorial Guinea List Mark Asquino Malabo June 29, 2012
 Eritrea List Vacant since July 19, 2010
Louis Mazel, Chargé d’Affaires a.i.
Asmara July 10, 2014
 Estonia List Jeffrey Levine Tallinn [13] March 29, 2012
 Ethiopia List Patricia Haslach Addis Ababa August 1, 2013
 Fiji[10] List Judith Beth Cefkin Suva November 19, 2014
 Finland List Bruce Oreck Helsinki August 12, 2009
 France[11] List Jane Hartley Paris [14] September 16, 2014
 Gabon[12] List Cynthia Akuetteh Libreville July 30, 2014
 Gambia List Vacant since July 28, 2013
George Staples, Chargé d’Affaires a.i.
Banjul July 28, 2013
 Georgia List Richard Norland Tbilisi March 29, 2012
 Germany List John Emerson Berlin [15] August 1, 2013
 Ghana List Gene Cretz Ghana August 2, 2012
 Greece List David Pearce Athens [16] August 1, 2013
 Grenada[4] List Larry Palmer Bridgetown March 29, 2012
 Guatemala List Todd Robinson Guatemala September 16, 2014
 Guinea-Bissau[13] List James Zumwalt Bissau VPP November 18, 2014
Guinea Guinea-Conakry List Alexander Laskaris Conakry August 3, 2012
 Guyana List Vacant since July 3, 2014
Bryan Hunt, Chargé d’Affaires a.i.
Georgetown July 3, 2014
 Haiti List Pamela White Port-au-Prince March 29, 2012
 Holy See (Vatican City) List Ken Hackett Vatican [17] August 1, 2013
 Honduras List James Nealon Tegucigalpa July 15, 2014
 Hungary List Colleen Bell Budapest December 2, 2014
 Iceland List Robert Barber Reykjavik December 12, 2014
 India List Richard Verma New Delhi December 9, 2014
 Indonesia List Robert Blake Jakarta [18] November 5, 2013
 Iran List No diplomatic relations since April 7, 1980. Informal contact via the U.S. Interests Section in the Swiss embassy.
Virtual Embassy Tehran since December 2011
 Iraq List Stuart Jones Baghdad [19] June 26, 2014
Republic of Ireland Ireland List Kevin O’Malley Dublin [20] September 18, 2014
 Israel List Daniel Shapiro Tel Aviv [21] May 26, 2011
 Italy[14] List John Phillips Rome [22] August 1, 2013
 Ivory Coast List Terence McCulley Abidjan August 1, 2013
 Jamaica List Luis Moreno Kingston November 20, 2014
 Japan List Caroline Kennedy Tokyo [23] October 16, 2013
 Jordan List Alice Wells Amman June 16, 2014
 Kazakhstan List George Krol Astana November 20, 2014
 Kenya List Robert Godec Nairobi January 2, 2013
 Kiribati[10] List Judith Beth Cefkin Suva November 19, 2014
 Kosovo List Tracey Ann Jacobson Pristina March 29, 2012
 Kuwait List Douglas Silliman Kuwait City July 10, 2014
 Kyrgyzstan List Vacant since November 20, 2014
Laura Griesmer, Chargé d’Affaires a.i.
Bishkek December 12, 2014
 Laos List Dan Clune Vientiane August 1, 2013
 Latvia List Vacant since August 6, 2014
Sharon Hudson-Dean, Chargé d’Affaires a.i.
Riga August 6, 2014
 Lebanon List David Hale Beirut August 1, 2013
 Lesotho List Matthew Harrington Maseru September 16, 2014
 Liberia List Deborah Malac Monrovia August 2, 2012
 Libya List Deborah Jones Tripoli May 23, 2013
 Liechtenstein[15] List Suzan LeVine Bern May 1, 2014
 Lithuania List Deborah McCarthy Vilnius January 2, 2013
 Luxembourg List Robert Mandell Luxembourg October 18, 2011
Republic of Macedonia Macedonia List Jess Baily Skopje December 16, 2014
 Madagascar[9] List Robert Yamate Antananarivo November 19, 2014
 Malawi List Virginia Palmer Lilongwe December 12, 2014
 Malaysia List Joseph Yun Kuala Lumpur August 1, 2013
 Maldives[16] List Vacant since November 19, 2014
Andrew Mann, Chargé d’Affaires a.i.
Colombo December 6, 2014
 Mali List Vacant since December 2014
Andrew Young, Chargé d’Affaires a.i.
Bamako December 2014
 Malta List Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley Valletta March 29, 2012
 Marshall Islands List Thomas Hart Armbruster Majuro August 2, 2012
 Mauritania List Larry Andre Nouakchott July 29, 2014
 Mauritius[17] List Shari Villarosa Port Louis September 22, 2012
 Mexico List Earl Anthony Wayne Mexico City August 2011
Federated States of Micronesia Micronesia List Doria Rosen Kolonia June 29, 2012
 Moldova List James Pettit Chişinău [24] November 20, 2014
 Monaco[11][18] List Jane Hartley Paris September 16, 2014
 Mongolia List Piper Campbell Ulaanbaatar June 29, 2012
 Montenegro List Margaret Ann Uyehara Podgorica December 16, 2014
 Morocco List Dwight Bush Rabat March 13, 2014
 Mozambique List Douglas Griffiths Maputo June 29, 2012
 Namibia List Thomas Daughton Windhoek September 17, 2014
 Nauru[10] List Judith Beth Cefkin Suva November 19, 2014
   Nepal List Peter Bodde Kathmandu June 29, 2012
 Netherlands List Tim Broas The Hague [25] March 13, 2014
 New Zealand[19] List Mark Gilbert Wellington [26] December 12, 2014
 Nicaragua List Phyllis Powers Managua March 29, 2012
 Niger List Eunice Reddick Niamey July 21, 2014
 Nigeria List James Entwistle Abuja August 1, 2013
 North Korea The United States does not maintain diplomatic relations with North Korea. Limited consular matters handled by the Swedish embassy.[20]
 Norway List Vacant since September 28, 2013
Julie Furuta-Toy, Chargé d’Affaires a.i.
Oslo [27] September 28, 2013
 Oman List Greta Holtz Muscat August 2, 2012
 Pakistan List Richard Olson Islamabad [28] September 22, 2012
 Palau[21] List Amy Hyatt Koror December 12, 2014
 Panama List Jonathan Farrar Panama March 29, 2012
 Papua New Guinea[22] List Walter North Port Moresby November 22, 2012
 Paraguay List Leslie Ann Bassett Asunción November 18, 2014
 Peru List Brian Nichols Lima June 19, 2014
 Philippines[21] List Philip Goldberg Manila [29] November 14, 2013
 Poland List Stephen Mull Warsaw September 22, 2012
 Portugal List Robert Sherman Lisbon February 12, 2014
 Qatar List Dana Smith Doha July 10, 2014
 Romania List Vacant since December 14, 2012
Dean Thompson, Chargé d’Affaires a.i.
Bucharest July 2014
 Russia List John Tefft Moscow [30] July 31, 2014
 Rwanda List Erica Barks-Ruggles Kigali November 17, 2014
 Saint Kitts and Nevis[4] List Larry Palmer Bridgetown March 29, 2012
 Saint Lucia[4] List Larry Palmer Bridgetown March 29, 2012
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines[4] List Larry Palmer Bridgetown March 29, 2012
 Samoa[19] List Mark Gilbert Wellington December 12, 2014
 San Marino[14] List John Phillips Florence San Marino VPP August 1, 2013
 São Tomé and Príncipe[12] List Cynthia Akuetteh Libreville July 30, 2014
 Saudi Arabia List Joseph Westphal Riyadh March 26, 2014
 Senegal[13] List James Zumwalt Dakar November 18, 2014
 Serbia List Michael Kirby Belgrade August 2, 2012
 Seychelles[17] List Shari Villarosa Port Louis September 22, 2012
 Sierra Leone List John Hoover Freetown September 11, 2014
 Singapore List Kirk Wagar Singapore August 1, 2013
 Slovakia List Theodore Sedgwick Bratislava June 30, 2010
 Slovenia List Brent Hartley Ljubljana November 20, 2014
 Solomon Islands[22] List Walter North Port Moresby November 22, 2012
 Somalia[23][24] List Vacant since January 5, 1991
James McAnulty, Special Representative
Somalia VPP August 29, 2013
 South Africa List Patrick Gaspard Pretoria August 1, 2013
 South Korea List Mark Lippert Seoul [31] September 18, 2014
 South Sudan List Vacant since August 24, 2014
Charles Twining, Chargé d’Affaires a.i.
Juba [32] August 24, 2014
 Spain[3] List James Costos Madrid August 2013
 Sri Lanka[16] List Vacant since November 19, 2014
Andrew Mann, Chargé d’Affaires a.i.
Colombo December 6, 2014
 Sudan[25] List Vacant since February 7, 1996
Jerry Lanier, Chargé d’Affaires a.i.
Khartoum May 13, 2014
 Suriname List Jay Anania Paramaribo June 29, 2012
 Swaziland List Makila James Mbabane May 24, 2012
 Sweden List Mark Brzezinski Stockholm October 2011
  Switzerland[15] List Suzan LeVine Bern May 1, 2014
 Syria[26] List Vacant since February 28, 2014
Daniel Rubinstein, Special Envoy
Damascus March 17, 2014
 Taiwan Since January 19, 1979, diplomatic relations have been carried out by the American Institute in Taiwan
Taipei Office
 Tajikistan List Susan Marsh Elliott Dushanbe June 29, 2012
 Tanzania List Mark Childress Dar es Salaam [33] April 7, 2014
 Thailand List Vacant since November 1, 2014
Patrick Murphy, Chargé d’Affaires a.i.
Bangkok [34] November 1, 2014
 Togo List Robert Whitehead Lomé March 29, 2012
 Tonga[10] List Judith Beth Cefkin Tonga November 19, 2014
 Trinidad and Tobago List Vacant since November 2, 2012
Margaret Diop, Chargé d’Affaires a.i.
Port of Spain July 2013
 Tunisia List Jacob Walles Tunis March 29, 2012
 Turkey List John Bass Ankara September 17, 2014
 Turkmenistan List Allan Mustard Ashgabat November 19, 2014
 Tuvalu[10] List Judith Beth Cefkin Suva November 19, 2014
 Uganda List Scott DeLisi Kampala May 24, 2012
 Ukraine List Geoffrey Pyatt Kiev [35] July 9, 2013
 United Arab Emirates List Barbara Leaf Abu Dhabi November 17, 2014
 United Kingdom[27] List Matthew Barzun London [36] August 1, 2013
 Uruguay List Vacant since December 10, 2014
Brad Freden, Chargé d’Affaires a.i.
Montevideo December 10, 2014
 Uzbekistan List Pamela Spratlen Tashkent November 20, 2014
 Vanuatu[22] List Walter North Port Moresby November 22, 2012
 Venezuela List Vacant since July 16, 2010
Lee McClenny, Chargé d’Affaires a.i.[28]
Caracas July 7, 2014
 Vietnam List Theodore Osius Hanoi November 17, 2014
 Yemen List Matthew Tueller Sana’a March 27, 2014
 Zambia List Eric Schultz Lusaka September 17, 2014
 Zimbabwe List David Bruce Wharton

 

I am sure if someone would take the time to scrutinize who all of the ambassadors were related to, they would be shocked.

Chew on these numbers.

Houston Chronicle

Basic Salary Range

Ambassadors are classified as senior foreign service employees. The 2010 through 2012 minimum pay for ambassadors is $119,554 a year. The maximum is $179,700. The State Department is one of many governmental agencies that have adopted a certified performance appraisal system. This system allows an ambassador’s base salary to exceed the established maximum based on merit or value to the mission, but it may not go over the salary set for the Vice President of the United States, which was $230,700 a year as of 2011.

These figures are only reflect their salaries. On top of that, add in all of their accommodations, servants, drivers, food, entertainment and anything else their little hearts desire. We can bet that none of them have a restricted expense account. Is it any wonder why our country is broke??

It is mind boggling that the USA feels all of these ambassadorships are necessary.

If the purpose/concept of these embassies is to stay in contact when the locals, 2015 is right around the corner and the electronic age is in full swing. Teleconferences and communication throughout the world is possible in a matter of milliseconds.

Not to mention the safety and security of our US service men and women that protect these places. That sad story was well depicted in Benghazi where 33 of our finest were gunned down. I will live and die by my cliche, don’t go where you don’t belong.

Just as one example of out of control extravagance. The embassy in Baghdad was built on 104 acres. It is the largest and most expensive embassy in the world that cost US taxpayers $ 750 million to build and employs 15,000 people. Why is it necessary to employ 15,000 people? What can they all possibly do?

Take a look at what $750 million will buy. The people/foreign diplomats occupying these palatial digs in foreign countries that the USA taxpayers paid for are living better than 95% of the US population. I just doesn’t make sense to me. I guess sense or I they don’t care are the key words.

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It may be a good idea for whomever put together the workforce in Baghdad came to the USA and spearheaded the unemployment problem we have in the country. The people that are supposed to be creating jobs in the homeland are not doing such as stellar job.

 

Keep in mind, this over the top spending is at a time in history that the USA is 18 trillion dollars in debt. That staggering figure doesn’t seem to bother any of the politicians. Under conventional circumstances, I don’t ever see the USA being able to settle up their debt.

If in fact the USA did need representation in all of these foreign countries, a more economical solution would be is to set up a consulate that would be considerably smaller and less expensive to operate.

If we were still in the early 1900’s and did not have the luxury we have today with instant communications, then I may agree that embassies would be necessary; but not one that cost American taxpayers $ 750,000,000.00. That is probably unfurnished and sacrilegious.

It is absolutely unconscionable that our politicians spend the taxpayers money as extravagantly as they do.

Once again being redundant; if the people in DC were spending their own money they would be eating at the Golden Arches and staying at Motel 6.

So Mr. O wants to set up and embassy in Iran. You can bet they will have to TOP the one they built in Baghdad. Maybe they will spend 200 trillion; what’s the difference at this point.

I really don’t see the purpose or value in embassies. Paybacks can be very costly. 

Optimistically, some of the DC Duds will read the GG and get the hint but I am not holding my breath.

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