Confirmations: Ambassadors Mozena, Leonard, O’Neal, Krajeski, Mandell, Brzezinski, Page, and Kim

On  October 18, 2011, the U.S. Senate confirmed the following ambassadorial nominations:

PN547 *       Bangladesh
Dan W. Mozena, of Iowa, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.

PN716 *      Mali
Mary Beth Leonard, of Massachusetts, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service,  Class of Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Mali.

PN729 *       Cape Verde
Adrienne S. O’Neal, of Michigan, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Cape Verde.

PN742 *       Bahrain
Thomas Charles Krajeski, of Virginia,  a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Bahrain.

PN743 *       Luxembourg
Robert A. Mandell, of Florida, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Luxembourg.

PN885 *       Sweden
Mark Francis Brzezinski, of Virginia, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Sweden.

PN886 *       South Sudan
Susan Denise Page, of Illinois, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of South Sudan.

PN728 *       South Korea
Sung Y. Kim, of California, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Korea.

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Confirmations: USTR, ACPD, UN

On October 21, 2011, the U.S. Senate confirmed the following nominations:

PN106 *       EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
Michael W. Punke, of Montana, to be a Deputy United States Trade Representative,with the Rank of Ambassador.

PN107 *       EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
Islam A. Siddiqui, of Virginia, to be Chief Agricultural Negotiator, Office of the United States Trade Representative, with the rank of Ambassador.

PN274 *       UNITED STATES ADVISORY COMMISSION ON PUBLIC DIPLOMACY
Anne Terman Wedner, of Illinois, to be a Member of the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy for a term expiring July 1, 2013.

PN982 *       UNITED NATIONS
Ann Marie Buerkle, of New York, to be a Representative of the United States of America to the Sixty-sixth Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

PN983 *       UNITED NATIONS
Russ Carnahan, of Missouri, to be a Representative of the United States of America
to the Sixty-sixth Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

 

 

Snapshot: Top Reconstruction Contractors in Iraq as of 9/30/2011

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Meet the 0.01 Percent: The War Profiteers, the Super-Elite Kind

Via the Brave New Foundation:

There’s the top 1% of wealthy Americans (bankers, oil tycoons, hedge
fund managers) and there’s the top 0.01% of wealthy Americans: the
military contractor CEOs.

If you’ve been following the War Costs campaign, you already know that these corporations are bad bosses, bad job creators and bad stewards of taxpayer dollars.
What you may not know is that the huge amount of money these companies’
CEOs make off of war and your tax dollars places them squarely at the
top of the gang of corrupt superrich choking our democracy. These CEOs
want you to believe the massive war budget is about security — it’s not.
The lobbying they’re doing to keep the war budget intact at the expense
of the social safety net is purely about their greed.

In many areas, including yearly CEO salary and in dollars spent
corrupting Congress, these companies are far greater offenders than even
the big banks like JP Morgan Chase or Bank of America.



Egregious Military Contractor CEO pay

The top 0.01% of earners make at least $9.14 million per year, a rarefied strata of income that includes defense company CEOs
and Wall Street bank chieftains alike. But a deeper dive demonstrates
how defense companies outpace the big banks’ knack for enriching
themselves at the expense of everyone else.

Military Contractor CEO Pay in 2010

Just to put that in context, consider how these annual payoffs
compare to the people we’re used to thinking of as poster children for
the top 1 percent:

Financial Sector CEO Pay in 2010

Considering how they stack up to financial sector heads, war industry
CEOs aren’t just members of the 1%; they’re the super-elite among them,
the one-hundredth of a percent.

Want to know how much they’re spending for lobbyists?  Read in full here.

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