"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)

5.11.2009

who doesn't?!?

The new U.S. envoy to the Sudan is Scott Gration. According to The Economist, Mr. Gration was born in the Congo to missionary parents and speaks Swahili. While I certainly think that some degree of familiarity with the region is a useful skill for an envoy, the fact that Gration speaks Swahili is almost completely irrelevant given that almost no one in the Sudan speaks Swahili.

Sometimes I get tired.

(HT: @andrewmjones)

2 Comments:

Blogger Tauratinzwe said...

I'd say it's a bit of an improvement over the usual appointees who have no cross cultural experience and speak no language other than 'merican.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 6:17:00 AM

 
Blogger texasinafrica said...

My beef is with the reporting, not the nominee.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 10:42:00 AM

 

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