New Obama U.N. Reform Nominee - No U.N. or Diplomatic Experience - Political Payoff?

What is it with this white House?  They consistently put either  the most ideological people  or the least experienced people into positions with an incredible amount of power.  Of the President's advisors on economic issues, 7% have any experience in the private sector (running a business, making a payroll, etc.).  He, in my opinion, goes after those who share his disdain for the free market.  Elite members of academe, whose understanding of economics come out of the breakrooms of Ivy League Schools and Das Capital. That translates to this nominee.  He is not interested in reforming the U.N., so why put a person with solid hard-nosed diplomatic experience into the position? In ObamaWorld, all is well with the U.N. - Brian

Obama Finally Names Nominee for U.N. Reform Post, But He Has No U.N. or Diplomatic Experience

Wednesday, November 17, 2010
By Patrick Goodenough

Joseph Torsella
 (CNSNews.com) – Twenty-two months into his administration and almost a year since a previous effort failed, President Obama has nominated an envoy to the United Nations with a mandate focusing on reform.

The delay in putting in place a U.S. permanent representative for U.N. management and reform has drawn fire over the past year. Critics said the delay suggested the administration does not prioritize reform of the organization that gets more than one-fifth of its operating budget from the U.S.

The choice of nominee, a person whose resume includes no United Nations or diplomatic experience, may bring fresh criticism.

The White House announced Monday that, pending Senate approval, the post will go to Joseph Torsella, chairman of the Pennsylvania State Board of Education and a former president and CEO of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

Torsella narrowly lost a Pennsylvania Democratic primary for a U.S. House of Representatives seat in 2004, and he ran briefly in the early stages of the Democratic primary for the 2010 U.S. Senate race, before withdrawing.

Richard Grenell, who served as spokesman for four U.S. ambassadors to the U.N. during the Bush administration, said Tuesday that neither Obama nor current ambassador to the world body Susan Rice had “given the American people one shred of evidence to show they are interested in reforming the U.N.”

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