DIPLO­MATIC DO­INGS

The Washington Times Daily - - World - BY JAMES MOR­RI­SON

The Ir­ish feel be­trayed, the Ja­panese are hon­ored and gay ad­vo­cates are happy.

That sums up the diplo­matic de­vel­op­ments over the past week.

Ir­ish-Amer­i­cans are com­plain­ing that Pres­i­dent Obama has failed to ap­point a U.S. am­bas­sador to Dublin since Daniel M. Rooney re­tired nearly a year ago.

The Ja­panese are thrilled now that Caro­line Kennedy has ar­rived as the new Amer­i­can en­voy in Tokyo.

And gay ad­vo­cates are cheer­ing the Se­nate con­fir­ma­tion of James W. Brew­ster as am­bas­sador to the Do­mini­can Repub­lic, where he will serve as the sixth openly ho­mo­sex­ual am­bas­sador ap­pointed by Mr. Obama.

Lead­ing Ir­ish-Amer­i­cans grum­ble that the 11-month ab­sence of a U.S. am­bas­sador to Ire­land is the long­est va­cancy since 1927.

“It’s a slap in the face to the mil­lions of Ir­ish-Amer­i­cans that sup­ported this ad­min­is­tra­tion,” Brian O’Dwyer, head of the Emer­ald Isle Im­mi­gra­tion Center in New York, told The Sun­day Times in Lon­don.

“I have no idea why this is hap­pen­ing. It’s a disgrace,” he added.

Mean­while in Tokyo, Ms. Kennedy ar­rived Fri­day to warm greet­ings from Ja­panese of­fi­cials and cit­i­zens who hold strong re­spect for her fa­ther, Pres­i­dent John F. Kennedy.

Ms. Kennedy noted that her fa­ther, who was as­sas­si­nated 50 years ago this week, had wanted to visit Ja­pan.

“I would be hum­bled to carry for­ward his legacy in a small way and rep­re­sent the pow­er­ful bonds that unite our two demo­cratic so­ci­eties,” she said in a video posted by the U.S. Em­bassy in Tokyo.

Al­though she has no diplo­matic ex­pe­ri­ence, her close re­la­tions with Mr. Obama could make her a “new bridge” be­tween the two coun­tries as they con­tinue to work on sen­si­tive sub­jects such as bi­lat­eral trade talks and the re­lo­ca­tion of the Ma­rine Corps air base on Ok­i­nawa, The Ja­pan Times re­ported Satur­day.

Gay ad­vo­cates ap­plauded the Se­nate for con­firm­ing Mr. Brew­ster, a Chicago mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tive, on Thurs­day, de­spite strong re­sis­tance from some lead­ing Catholics who ob­jected to a ho­mo­sex­ual am­bas­sador serv­ing in the Do­mini­can Repub­lic.

“All of us at Vic­tory are de­lighted by this news,” said Chuck Wolfe, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Gay & Les­bian Vic­tory Fund and In­sti­tute.

With the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity inch­ing to­ward an agree­ment with Iran that would slow parts of that na­tion’s nu­clear pro­gram, Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu on Sun­day cau­tioned against ac­cept­ing “an ex­ceed­ingly bad deal” that he says would threaten the very ex­is­tence of his coun­try.

“I’m the prime min­is­ter of Is­rael. I have to care for the sur­vival of my coun­try. And Iran main­tain­ing its nu­clear weapons ca­pa­bil­ity — that is, the ca­pac­ity to pro­duce nu­clear weapons — threat­ens di­rectly the fu­ture of the Jewish state,” Mr. Ne­tanyahu said on CNN’s “State of the Union” pro­gram.

“We’ve been around, the Jewish peo­ple, for about 4,000 years, and we’re not about to let ay­a­tol­lahs armed with nu­clear weapons threaten that,” he said.

Ira­nian of­fi­cials are set to meet in

Aquino

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