White House rewards Iraq vet with Mongolian embassy job


Ulan Bator: the Paris of Mongolia? (Kieran Doherty)

And how is the White House rewarding her shell-dodging stint in the war zone? With an ambassadorship, of course, the very best way the administration can say “thank you.”

But not so fast — it’s hardly a glamorous assignment: The White House has nominated Campbell, a career Foreign Service member, to head the embassy in. . .Mongolia. The arid, landlocked nation is sparsely populated and not known for its comfortable climate (Ulan Bator is the world’s coldest capital city), cuisine (though the fermented mare’s milk will give you a buzz), arts — or really, just about anything else, save for the fine cashmere.

What does a gal have to do to get a cushy E.U. ambassadorship these days, anyway?

And speaking of rough assignments, the State Department has yet to name an ambassador to Burma after announcing in January that it would resume an ambassadorial exchange with the nation, also called Myanmar, for the first time since 1990. So far, the names we’re hearing most often for the post include Derek Mitchell, the special representative for Burma; Burmese chargé d’affaires Michael Thurston; and Human Rights Watch Washington Director Tom Malinowski.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.

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