More Smart Diplomacy… US Ambassador to Kenya Resigns After Threatening to Shoot Staff in the Head

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US Ambassador to Kenya resigns after threatening to shoot staff in the head.
Via KTNKenya TV:

Obama’s giving him the Netanyahu glare.

The Telegraph

Scott Gration, who had led the US embassy in Nairobi since February last year, stepped down late last week, citing “differences with Washington regarding my leadership style”.

It is understood that the State Department’s inspector general is preparing to release a scathing report on Mr Gration, who is a close ally of President Barack Obama, following an extensive internal inquiry.

The former Air Force major general is said to have shown a “confrontational” and eccentric style of micromanagement that caused low morale and complaints among embassy staff.

Mr Gration repeatedly engaged in battles with employees and, according to a report by Foreign Policy, threatened at one point to “shoot them in the head” if they did not comply.

It is also alleged that Mr Gration might have lost his security clearance after the inquiry found he had used a personal email account for official business and set up an office in an embassy lavatory in order to get around the building’s secure network.

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  • Jd

    Obama sure knows how to pick them!!! of course, since the State dept. is about to bring charges, maybe this is Hillary beginning her challenge to Obama.

  • pst314

    “Such was his eccentric style that soon after starting the job he also ordered that the heights of all embassy tables be adjusted and demanded that all clocks be recalibrated, according to reports.”

    Sound familiar?

    “From this day on, the official language of San Marcos will be Swedish. Silence! In addition to that, all citizens will be required to change their underwear every half-hour. Underwear will be worn on the outside so we can check.”
    –Woody Allen’s “Bananas”

  • MAJ Mike

    Yup! The Dem-Cong got all the smart ones.

  • chuck in st paul

    Unfortunately it’s not just Obysmal’s administration that picks asshats like this. Having said that, he seems to have the reverse Midas Touch with regards to Foreign Service picks. [“Now where’s that ‘Reset’ button when you need it..??”]

  • Tim in Cali

    “Threatening to Shoot Staff in the Head”

    I suppose making veiled threats is Sarah Palins fault also

    That’ll be the MSLSD headline for the rest of the week..

    BTW,did he purchase this gun from Eric “The Gun Runner” Holder?

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  • Granny

    I don’t know whether to regard this as an outrageous act of treason or a severe case of nuttery warranting a permanent bed in the looney bin.

  • Darwin Akbar

    It’s the Obama administration in a nutshell (or in this case, a nutcase): an egomaniac bully who thinks the rules don’t apply to him.

  • MVH

    Well, when in Rome… Uh, excusez-moi. That is when in Kenya, do as the Kenyans. sarc/ off

  • Rose

    He thinks he’s Obama Jr, and while in Kenya, do as the Obama relatives do! Such as Obama cousin Raila Odinga, the leader of Kenya’s violent Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), a Marxist and Socialist political party with strong Islamic fundamentalist leaning – who slaughtered thousands of Christians and burned hundreds of Churches as a way of applying pressure to the Kenyan Govt to force them to give him a high-ranking position in govt, last year.

    Just Obama’s kind of person.

  • TeaPartyNation

    Gration’s horrific actions pale in comparison to the unlawful, unconstitutional actions of OBOZO. And, what’s even worse, Gration is gone, but OBOZO remains (ONLY until 20 Jan 2013, hopefully.)

  • Sasja

    Some people just have a problem grasping the nuances of diplomacy.

  • Patty

    This is what happens when unskilled criminals get a hold of some bad mojo.

    Email account for official business and set up an office in an embassy lavatory in order to get around the building’s secure network. What a jerk but more disturbing “Mr” Gration, unadulterated and well, BASICALLY INSANE.

  • Patty

    In 2007, the Obama campaign “beg[a]n sending Gration out on the stump . . . in an effort to improve the inexperienced senator’s image on national security.”[7] According to Obama foreign policy advisor Denis McDonough, Gration was “considered one of Obama’s three top military advisers, along with Richard Danzig, the former secretary of the Navy during the Clinton administration, and Gen. Merrill McPeak, former Air Force chief of staff.”[7]

    In 2009, as a senior official on Obama’s transition team, Gration called and emailed several of President Bush’s Pentagon appointees prematurely to inform them they were being dismissed. Those calls and emails were followed up by an email from Jim O’Beirne, the special assistant to the secretary of defense for White House liaisons, who expressed exasperation that Gration informed the employees directly instead of letting O’Beirne’s office know first. [13]

  • Patty

    He wanted to be King in his own mind. I am talking about both men in the picture.

  • Joe Blow

    Just another of Obama’s thugs.

  • Patty

    Racist Black Church Backs Holder, Attacks House For Contempt Vote

    The African Methodist Episcopal Church, one of the most prominent black denominations in the country, is blasting the House vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress last week, comparing the move to the “evil strategies employed following the Reconstruction era.”

    The House voted 255-67 in finding Holder in contempt of Congress last week for his failure to hand over some documents in the botched Fast and Furious gun-walking investigation. While the vote was led by Republican lawmakers, 17 Democrats crossed the political aisle to hold Holder in contempt. In a resolution adopted last week and posted on AME’s website on Tuesday, according to The Wall Street Journal, the AME expressed its “profound disagreement” with the contempt vote and also suggested that Holder had been unfairly targeted for his effort to curtail voter suppression laws.

    “Those who have held Attorney General Holder, America’s first African-American attorney general, in contempt have been consistently and systematically disrespectful of the attorney general and of President Barack Obama,” the resolution read. “The attack against Attorney General Holder comes after his stated intent to determine whether recent laws passed to combat non-existent voter fraud are actually efforts at voter suppression that violate the Voting Rights Act.”

    The church considers the contempt vote “political in nature and designed, as were the evil strategies employed following the Reconstruction era, to suppress the votes of those who might change the balance of political power in Congress and in the White House,” the resolution also said.

  • Texas_Treeroach

    Overheard before Gration’s last Staff meeting:
    “Here he comes! Quick! Hide his bath salts!”

  • FurryGuy

    This is only one side of the story, and the reported “outrage” is coming from a Hillary run State Department. This stinks of distraction and deliberate falsehood on what the Ambassador actually did.

    One caveat though is this is from The Telegraph, a muck-racking British tabloid, and since Barry was coronated the American Pravda has quite pointedly and deliberately ignored many a scandal. The Telegraph has in the past been no respecter of the Imperial Presidency that is Barry and so this could be quite legitimate.

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  • 66chevelle

    Cynthia Stroum could not be reached for comment.

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  • Mike D.

    Yep, just in the best of hands with this administration…

  • Candy

    Hey bg and Patty,
    Remember early on when Obama went on his Africa Tour? The reporters were complaining because there was one stop only he and his pilot Gration went to… it was a real dangerous place and they didn’t have room, according to Obama.

    I thought at the time, maybe he’s visiting his bro jihadi Roy.

    I have to find that link. If i’m correct, Scott should get his things in order.

    He knows too much.

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  • stuart

    Diplomacy is the art of telling someone to go to hell in such glowing terms that they look forward to the journey, not sending them there personally.