Marco Rubio Rescues Orphans

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Marco Rubio loves foreign policy! I can't think of a single frosh senator who's so jubilantly committed to speaking out about, and screwing around with, the international community. First he came down like a gazillion-pound freedom hammer on the Ba'athist cretin Bashar al-Assad (which did little good, but oh well); then he condemned Barack Obama's speech on the Middle East (on totally specious grounds, but oh well) -- and now he's blocking Obama's appointment to the Vietnamese consulate, David Shear!

Not that he's got anything against David Shear. Shear's a good guy, and so far as Rubio or anybody else knows, he'll do a fine job representing the United States' interests in Hanoi. Rubio's blocking the appointment for symbolic reasons. And he's totally righteous for doing so.

Here's why:

Rubio has placed a temporary block on the appointment (as Dick Lugar did some months ago) because of a tragic bureaucratic boondoggle that is keeping Vietnamese orphans from their adoptive parents in the United States -- including three children who were set to be adopted by parents in Florida. Both the U.S. and Vietnam are rejiggering their adoption regulations, which has left 16 Vietnamese children in a weird purgatorial no-man's land in which they are being clothed, fed, and tended to by their American parents but are not allowed to come live with them.

This is not  Shear's fault, nor is there anything he can do about it. But by keeping the ambassador in his own purgatorial no-man's land, Rubio hopes the Obama administration will prioritize the adoptee's plight, which has lasted three long years.

The blocking of Shear's appointment is unlikely to do any harm, by the way. Though Bush's appointee, Michael M. Michalak, is long gone, our embassy is currently in the hands of a very capable interim charge d'affaires, Virginia E. Palmer. She'll handle whatever comes up while Shear awaits his Senate confirmation and 16 orphans await a home.


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Angie
Angie

Thank you, Brandon, for giving a voice to these 16 orphans! My daughter and I greatly appreciate it!

nanook5
nanook5

why have a politician take care of something chuck norris both relishes and has years of experience doing? BRADDOOOOOOOCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brooke Patz
Brooke Patz

Dear friends of mine are one of these families who have been fighting to bring their little boy, Nate, home for three years. Watching their tireless efforts to bring Nate home has restored my hope in society in a time when so many parents do not make their children a priority in their lives. I hope the Department of State is able to work with Vietnam to bring these children home to their families where they belong.

susieQ
susieQ

Let the kids come home NOW!!!!!!!!!!

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sharetips786

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