No ambassador acts without support of their government. What Mosbacher and Azari did had the support of their respective leaders. Their recent, unseen before in international politics stance towards the Polish Prime Minister, raises the question of whether PiS has not been too conservative in its foreign policy.
Israel’s Ambassador Azari criticized Poland’s Holocaust Law and the B’nai B’rith organization demanded the dismissal of Piotr Gliński. Azari herself reprimanded Gliński by stating that she “wouldn’t want to see more quotes like that,” referring to the Holocaust Law.
Now we have US Ambassador Mosbacher sending a letter to the Polish PM with tips on how to approach the TVN news station. This definitely surpasses her authority and good taste. What’s surprising is that Mosbacher is essentially defending hurtful to Poland material and accepts a TVN journalist “heiling” under a swastika.
It is impossible to build the authority of your government,when a foreign ambassador can come out at any moment and instruct your PM or deputy PM
Heather Nauert, the US Department of State’s spokeswoman claims that “Ambassador Mosbacher is doing a great job in Poland and represents us well,” which leaves no illusions.
It is impossible to build the authority of your government, when a foreign ambassador can come out at any moment and instruct your PM or deputy PM.
Now is an opportunity for PM Morawiecki’s government to show its quality. All they need to do is fine or even repeal TVN’s journalist licence. The US Ambassador would then understand that she doesn’t rule in Poland and that Poland has its own sovereign government.
Bravery and the seeking of freedom is what the United States values the most. We should stick to that.