Assistant Secretary of State Arturo Valenzuela Resigns

I would be lying if I said I will miss him:

U.S. top diplomat for LatAm to resign

Washington – The U.S. assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Arturo Valenzuela, will leave government service to return to teaching, a State Department official told Efe.

Valenzuela’s two-year leave of absence from his professorship at Georgetown University is up, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

While classes resume at Georgetown in August, Valenzuela will remain at the State Department until a replacement is named, the source said.

No names of possible successors have emerged.

The Chilean-born Valenzuela assumed the post of assistant secretary in November 2009, six months after he was nominated by President Barack Obama.

The confirmation was held up by Sen. Jim DeMint (R- S.C.), who objected to the Obama administration’s opposition – largely symbolic as it was – to the military coup that ousted Honduran President Mel Zelaya.

Valenzuela succeeded Thomas Shannon, who served as assistant secretary for nearly four years before becoming U.S. ambassador to Brazil.

5 thoughts on “Assistant Secretary of State Arturo Valenzuela Resigns”

  1. Valenzuela looks fully worthy of his countrywoman Michelle Bachelet, the former Chilean president, who rushed away from a speaking engagement in Havana like a panting schoolgirl when she was told that, yes, the Great Man himself, Castro I, would consent to receive her in person (and of course allow for the obligatory and feverishly desired photos for the, uh, folks back home). He wasn’t picked for the job by Obama for nothing. The poor schmuck looks like he couldn’t even handle a borderline retard like Evo Morales, much less somebody like Lula or Hugo the Ape King. Well, he’s now going back where he belongs. Georgetown is perfect for him.

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