Money men: Top donors traditionally cash-in with plum diplomatic posts
Erik Goldstein, College of Arts & Sciences

When the phone rang at the bar of a Brussels restaurant in 1991, it was extraordinary — not just because the president of the United States was on the other end, but because the message being delivered by George H.W. Bush flouted more than 200 years of tradition when it comes to how Washington doles out ambassadorships…

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“They just shake their heads. But they understand the American system and know this is a political reward. This is the price of doing business with the U.S., and you have to deal with the No. 2.”

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