following story concerns Cofer Black (now there’s a name to conger with),
US Ambassador for Terrorism. Our question is, since when does the
United States have ambassadors to things as amorphous as "Terrorism"
The Dowbrigade’s dictionary says that Ambassador means " an official
envoy; especially : a diplomatic agent of the highest rank accredited
to a foreign government or sovereign as the resident representative of
his own government or sovereign or appointed for a special and often
temporary diplomatic assignment".
We thought Ambassadors had to be named to countries, or, stretching
a point, to quasi countries like the Palestinians or the Vatican. How
old-fashioned of us, appearantly. Do we now have an Ambassador
to the Cosa Nostra (Embassy in Sicily)? Ambassador to Counter-Protectionism?
have to leave Washington)? Ambassador for Global Warming? (Been slacking
We can see how being able to invent and appoint Ambassadorships
in this manner could really help an Administration looking to multiply
allies. Much easier than inventing new countries. In fact, the
Dowbrigade would like to take this opportunity to throw his hat in the
ring for the Ambassadorship to the South American Drug Cartels. We
could get tough with those rapscallions – we speak their language……
WASHINGTON (AP)-The al Qaeda terror network is
still poses a threat, a U.S. official said in an interview broadcast
Cofer Black, the U.S. ambassador at large for counterterrorism, said
some two-thirds of the al Qaeda leadership have been detained or put
action since the Sept. 11 attacks – a claim also made by President Bush
in Tuesday’s State of the Union address.
Black told British Broadcasting Corp. radio that al Qaeda has been significantly
"The al Qaeda of the 9-11 period is under catastrophic stress. They
are being hunted down, their days are numbered," he said in an interview
recorded in Washington.
Counterterrorism officials are concerned about a new generation of al Qaeda
"The next group of concern would be … a generation younger. They’re
influenced by what they see on TV, they are influenced by misrepresentation
facts," he said. "They seem to be long on radicalism and comparatively
short on training."