Article originally appeared on amac.us.
South Africa has fallen off the radar for much of the American media, and events over the past few weeks indicate the same was true of the Biden administration’s foreign policy team. As a result, the world of diplomacy was witness to an unusual sight: the U.S. ambassador to a foreign country making accusations against his hosts, and the Biden administration using anonymous sources to all but call him a liar but nevertheless leaving him in place.
The South African affair began when Ambassador Reuben Brigety said he “would bet my life on it” that South Africa’s government was shipping weapons to Russia and lying about it.
Brigety then came under withering fire from sources within his own government. “Multiple U.S. officials” told Politico that the ambassador’s “accusations were overstated and he may have damaged American …
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