Is It Possible to Screw Up as U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg?

By Jeffrey Goldberg

Yes it is, apparently:

An Obama bundler picked for a choice ambassadorship brought the U.S. embassy she led to "a state of dysfunction" in a year on the job, a State Department probe has found.

Cynthia Stroum, who last month left her post as U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg, was "aggressive, bullying, hostile and intimidating," the department's inspector general said in a report released Thursday. The embassy and its staff face myriad problems, including "the absence of a sense of direction," which has "brought major elements of Embassy Luxembourg to a state of dysfunction."

Great, just great. Revolution in Egypt, war in Afghanistan, and now this? What if Luxembourg slips into Iran's orbit? What if sanctions fail to convince Luxembourg to end its nuclear program? Just think about the domino effect here: What will be the impact of this crisis on our relations with Andorra? And Monaco? I fear we're reaching a tipping point in the battle for the soul of tiny and irrelevant European countries. Of course, we've already gone to war once with Luxembourg:

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