Aug 18/05 - On a New Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere
PMBComment: as has been expected since Condi Rice was named Secretary of State, President Bush has nominated Tom Shannon as Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs. While one man cannot reverse the many errors that have characterized Bush's Latin policy, clearly Tom's move to State unifies under one roof - for the first time since the 2000 election -Latin America policy formulation and execution - so there can be no more excuses for foul ups like the one we all saw in the aftermath of the recall referendum in Venezuela, or the many blunders that will forever define Roger Noriega's failed tenure.
Tom is a respected diplomat, with extensive Latin exposure. He is understated and quiet, but undeniably cerebral and deliberate. During his years of service in the NSC he not only won the confidence of Dr. Rice (and that of her boss) but he was also exposed to the political intricacies that so many times elude career diplomats. His experience in
White House Personnel Announcement
President George W. Bush today announced his intention to nominate four individuals and designate two individuals to serve in his Administration:
The President intends to nominate Thomas A. Shannon, Jr., of