Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Edward Gabriel: still shilling for Morocco
Because Frederick Vreeland's never enough, Morocco bought another former US ambassador, Edward Gabriel. They've gotten their dirham's worth and more: Ed escorted the Fog City Journal to Western Sahara at Mohammed VI's request, and he asked loaded questions at a Center for American Progress Western Sahara event (check out the first picture at the Fog City link to see Ed looking corpse-like). Now, he's written an article for the National Interest Online about how awesome autonomy is.
The article's the usual pablum Morocco's hatchet men spoon out. As Chasli at Western Sahara Endgame points out, it's disingenuous for the National Interest to say Edward Gabriel is just a former ambassador to Morocco. He rolls, paid, with Robert Holley and the Moroccan-American Center for Policy, as well as the National Clergy Council.
All this makes me wonder why I'm even going to college. Judging from Fred and Ed, and to a lesser extent Robert Holley, a healthy living can be made by being an unremarkable ambassador, then selling your services back to your old negotiating partners.