In the wake of several big ambassadorships doled out by Obama on Wednesday, David Rothkopf asks why we need ambassadors in the first place:
Of course, if your impulse is to answer the question by saying, "sure we do. If we didn't have ambassadors where would we send all the campaign donors and political hangers-on for whom we couldn't find plum jobs in Washington?" then you not only understand Washington but you understand where I think Obama went wrong yesterday and why my question about the need for ambassadors is genuinely open to question.
Chris Beam takes a closer look at the long tradition of picking rich pals over career diplomats.