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Picking Diplomatic Plums for Allies

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Picking Diplomatic Plums for Allies

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Picking Diplomatic Plums for Allies

Picking Diplomatic Plums for Allies

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Two-thirds of U.S. ambassadors to foreign countries come up through the foreign service and know a lot about the country they go to serve in. But the other third are often political cronies and fundraisers. It's a longstanding practice with fresh examples.