McHale Finally Nominated

Just to update from yesterday’s post criticizing the Obama administration and Secretary of State  Hillary Clinton for dragging its feet in making public its selection for Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs: Judith McHale has finally been nominated.

The Washington Independent’s Spencer Ackerman was the first to note it, and U.S. News and World Report has recently given it a few sentences.

So far, no major print daily has picked it up, though the announcement was made last night.

I’ve noted Marc Lynch’s early crticism of the selection (and, unfortunately for the State Department, his FP.com post has become the fundamental introduction to McHale – just Google “Judith McHale”), but I’m going to reserve judgment. I’m hopeful she’ll shine in her confirmation hearing, especially considering she’ll have had more than three months to prepare for them. I’m eager to see how she intends to incorporate the initiatives of Alec Ross with the an aggressive and sensible Public Diplomacy effort.

More will be posted as it develops.

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