Life After Jerusalem has posted an interesting article about the selling of ambassadorships. The general public probably isn’t even aware that only about two-thirds of the ambassadors representing the United States come from the Foreign Service. The other third are “political appointees,” many of whom are being rewarded for their work for the political party currently in power.
I support the idea of reducing the number of political appointee ambassadorships. I also like that the article recognizes the fact that some political appointees are, in fact, excellent ambassadors and suggests we still allow at least 10% of our ambassadors to be political.