The Cable

The Cable goes inside the foreign policy machine, from Foggy Bottom to Turtle Bay, the White House to Embassy Row.

Roemer for India

Former Indiana Congressman Tim Roemer (D-IN), left, will be nominated to be U.S. ambassador to India, The Cable has learned. The former member of the 9/11 commission and president of the Center for National Policy endorsed Obama early and was key to his electoral victory in Indiana, a Washington foreign-policy hand explained. Roemer was on ...

586693_090417_roemer2.jpg
586693_090417_roemer2.jpg

Former Indiana Congressman Tim Roemer (D-IN), left, will be nominated to be U.S. ambassador to India, The Cable has learned. The former member of the 9/11 commission and president of the Center for National Policy endorsed Obama early and was key to his electoral victory in Indiana, a Washington foreign-policy hand explained. Roemer was on a conference call and could not be immediately reached for comment.

Lots is going to come out very soon on the ambassador front, sources said, including the Roemer nomination. Roemer associates had previously conveyed his disappointment at getting passed over for the CIA job, which went to Leon Panetta.

All the key Europe ambassador jobs are expected to go to Obama people, not Clinton people, with one exception, the source said. Former Clinton foreign policy advisor Lee Feinstein is expected to get nominated for an ambassador position in Eastern Europe, possibly Poland. (Feinstein, a former deputy director of policy planning now with the Brookings Institution, previously declined to comment). The decisions are a sign that the ambassador appointments are all coming out of the White House, not the State Department.

Former Indiana Congressman Tim Roemer (D-IN), left, will be nominated to be U.S. ambassador to India, The Cable has learned. The former member of the 9/11 commission and president of the Center for National Policy endorsed Obama early and was key to his electoral victory in Indiana, a Washington foreign-policy hand explained. Roemer was on a conference call and could not be immediately reached for comment.

Lots is going to come out very soon on the ambassador front, sources said, including the Roemer nomination. Roemer associates had previously conveyed his disappointment at getting passed over for the CIA job, which went to Leon Panetta.

All the key Europe ambassador jobs are expected to go to Obama people, not Clinton people, with one exception, the source said. Former Clinton foreign policy advisor Lee Feinstein is expected to get nominated for an ambassador position in Eastern Europe, possibly Poland. (Feinstein, a former deputy director of policy planning now with the Brookings Institution, previously declined to comment). The decisions are a sign that the ambassador appointments are all coming out of the White House, not the State Department.

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has declined the Paris job, associates say, and it will go to someone else. It’s not clear who will get it, but is said to be someone who comes from the world outside of Washington foreign policy circles.

The current U.S. ambassador to Moscow, John Beyrle, may stay on the job.

FILE PHOTO: Mannie Garcia/Getty Images

Laura Rozen writes The Cable daily at ForeignPolicy.com.
Tag: India

More from Foreign Policy

Demonstrators and activists attend a vigil in support of Ukraine near European Union headquarters in Brussels on March 22.
Demonstrators and activists attend a vigil in support of Ukraine near European Union headquarters in Brussels on March 22.

How the Russian Oil Price Cap Will Work

Ignore the naysayers—the long-prepared plan is a smart way to slash the Kremlin’s profits.

Ukrainian soldiers ride a tank on a road in the Donetsk region on July 20, 2022, near the front line between Russian and Ukrainian forces.
Ukrainian soldiers ride a tank on a road in the Donetsk region on July 20, 2022, near the front line between Russian and Ukrainian forces.

‘They Are Pushing Everywhere’: Kyiv Goes on the Offensive

Ukraine may have achieved its biggest breakthrough of the war.

A Chinese Communist Party flag is seen next to a health worker wearing protective clothing as a worker registers for a COVID-19 test at a makeshift testing site in Beijing on April 28.
A Chinese Communist Party flag is seen next to a health worker wearing protective clothing as a worker registers for a COVID-19 test at a makeshift testing site in Beijing on April 28.

The Chinese Public Doesn’t Know What the Rules Are Anymore

Reckless policies have knocked out established norms.

An orchestra at the Bolshoi Theatre in Russia
An orchestra at the Bolshoi Theatre in Russia

The Last String of Russian Greatness Is About to Snap

A great classical music tradition might die because of the Ukraine invasion.