Former Indiana Congressman Tim Roemer (D-IN), left, will be nominated to be U.S. ambassador to India, The Cable has learned. The former member of the 9/11 commission and president of the Center for National Policy endorsed Obama early and was key to his electoral victory in Indiana, a Washington foreign-policy hand explained. Roemer was on a conference call and could not be immediately reached for comment.
Lots is going to come out very soon on the ambassador front, sources said, including the Roemer nomination. Roemer associates had previously conveyed his disappointment at getting passed over for the CIA job, which went to Leon Panetta.
All the key Europe ambassador jobs are expected to go to Obama people, not Clinton people, with one exception, the source said. Former Clinton foreign policy advisor Lee Feinstein is expected to get nominated for an ambassador position in Eastern Europe, possibly Poland. (Feinstein, a former deputy director of policy planning now with the Brookings Institution, previously declined to comment). The decisions are a sign that the ambassador appointments are all coming out of the White House, not the State Department.
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has declined the Paris job, associates say, and it will go to someone else. It's not clear who will get it, but is said to be someone who comes from the world outside of Washington foreign policy circles.
The current U.S. ambassador to Moscow, John Beyrle, may stay on the job.
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John Hudson reports on national security and foreign policy from the Pentagon to Foggy Bottom, the White House to Embassy Row, for The Cable.