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Commenting article: US Ambassador in Sofia James Warlick: Bulgaria Is Undiscovered Jewel

Exclusive interview of Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency) with US Ambassador to Bulgaria James Warlick for Novinite's "International Survey: Bulgaria-USA."

Ambassador Warlick arrived in Sofia on January 21, 2010 to assume the duties of the U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria.

Prior to this assignment, Ambassador Warlick served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs (IO) from 2006 to 2009, with responsibility for all aspects of U.S. foreign policy at the United Nations and a number of other multilateral organizations.

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#1
DrFaust - 23 Nov 2010 // 05:39:48

Seems his Excellency is enjoying his time in Bulgaria. And it also seems that he has not too much work. Someone who would be very busy wouldn't have the time to act in a soap opera.

#2
Zeev - 23 Nov 2010 // 13:03:28

The Ambassador and other American should spend time with some of the millions of Bulgarians living literally on the edge -- or in extreme poverty, from many pensioners to nearly all of the ethnic Roma communities. They don't think the country is much of a jewel.

Not a word here is mentioned about the crisis in higher education, and what the American government is actually doing and could be doing to help more. Nothing about how the Ambassador really sees the student protests, the protests by Academy of Science members, the protests by doctors. The endless brain drain of well-trained professionals, in part to North America. The huge lack of North Americans working here on direct local contracts, given the remarkably low salaries (which of course are great for 'outsourcing' ventures). These matters need candid comment.

#3
Al - 23 Nov 2010 // 15:57:33

DrFaust, you wrote: "Seems his Excellency is enjoying his time in Bulgaria. And it also seems that he has not too much work. Someone who would be very busy wouldn't have the time to act in a soap opera."

Nah, you might be younger than me, but seen from a mental point of view, you sound like an old pensioner.

This US guy is doing a great job matching the diplomatic challenges in a swamp like Bulgaria.

Firstly, he bothered to learn the language.

Secondly, he is always prepared, when "confronted" by the Bulgarian press.

Thirdly, he says, that he loves Bulgaria.

The latter indicates a brain surplus, i.e. the ability to operate on altered states of consiousness and just enjoy the ride.

Hehe

#4
DrFaust - 24 Nov 2010 // 06:46:20

Al,

you sound like Statler & Waldorf in one person - and YOU of all people blame others they sound like 'old pensioners'?

Hehehe.

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