Two years late, give a warm hug to a million brain cells short.
In 2010, we set up an interview with the Syrian leader’s wife, Asma al-Assad, a Western-educated former banker and a woman with a reputation as a force for reform in the Middle East. Like many at that time, we were hopeful that the Assad regime would be open to a more progressive society. Subsequent to our interview, as the terrible events of the past year and a half unfolded in Syria, it became clear that its priorities and values were completely at odds with those of Vogue. The escalating atrocities in Syria are unconscionable, and we deplore the actions of the Assad regime in the strongest possible terms.
Shorter Nuclear Wintour: Sorry I believed the Assad Regime’s bullshit and then published it verbatim in my bubble-headed fashion magazine.
I know Anna Banana put out this little half-assed apology back in June, but it’s become a tad more interesting given that the Vogue Meanie-In-Chief may be getting a new job.
There’s a rumor in Washington that the United Kingdom may soon be welcoming a very stylish emissary. According to a report by Bloomberg News, Anna Wintour, the powerful editor of Vogue magazine, is being considered by President Obama for the prestigious post of U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom.
I know a lot of us wanna tee off on this Ambassador Wintour thing like it’s a huge outrage. It’s understandable; I kinda wanna go ballistic too. But the more I think about it, the more I think this more annoying than anything else.
After all, what is an ambassador, really? I know we’d like to think of them as thoughtful diplomats who understand all the foreign-type gobbledeegook that the rest of us forgot in World Cultures class. Unfortunately, a person usually gets the job because she donated the biggest chunk of cash to the winning presidential candidate. The late Christopher Stevens seems to have been one of the few ambassadors who actually understood the language, customs and culture of the country he was assigned.
More importantly, an ambassador’s job involves kissing ass. This isn’t a quality one would normally associate with Anna Wintour. But think about it this way: If Vogue and Wintour can figure out a way to grovel in front of Dictatorette Asma Al-Assad, surely striking an obsequious pose for England shouldn’t be too difficult.
So yeah, floating the Wintour ambassadorship trial balloon is indicative of the Obama Administration’s habitual unseriousness. It’s governance by D-List niche celebrity, of the type President SolidGold Wonderful seems particularly fond of. Oh well. It’s Barry’s presidency and I guess he’s allowed to run it like an America’s Next Top Model episode.
Besides, if we’re going to get annoyed over something here, how about the injustice of poor mistreated Sarah Jessica Parker not getting her own ambassadorship?
More, Slightly Related Kinda: Here’s a picture of Anna Wintour’s favorite power-couple taking in the Parthenon, in Athens Greece.
Even Better: Here’s Jim Geraghty.
I suppose we’re expected to believe Wintour has distinguished credentials, qualifying her to represent the United States to one of its closest allies, beyond her political affiliation or contribution. And I suppose we’re also to believe that Anna Wintour has risen to the standard of proven excellence in the U.S. State Department’s mission in representing this country abroad.
Never mind Wintour being the most-qualified person to be our next ambassador to the U.K. or France; she’s probably not even the most qualified Obama bundler for the job.
Just like Joe Biden is the smartest most able vice-president Barack Obama could’ve picked.