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Where's the ambassador?

Published:Wednesday | June 18, 2014 | 12:00 AM

It has been more than half a year since the career diplomat, Luis G. Moreno, was earmarked by President Barack Obama to become America's ambassador to Jamaica to replace Pamela Bridgewater.

Yet the Senate is yet to ratify the nomination, leaving the ambassador's chair in Kingston vacant. Maybe it is that the US Congress does not value America's relations with Jamaica, and those of other countries in the region where there are ambassadorial vacancies to be filled. Nor, perhaps, does President Obama feel compelled to press for his nominations.

As this newspaper has noted before, US policy towards this region has for a long time been unfocused and meandering, a drift caused, we suspect, by the region's relative stability. Our advice to Washington, however, is that they should be taking nothing for granted.

The Caribbean may have been feisty, sometimes difficult, partners. But often, that is the way of genuine friends: the ones who tell you the truth.

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