New US Ambassador to Liberia Expected Soon

12
2040
Ambassador McCarthy lays his left hand on the Bible with the right hand up as he takes an oath

The U.S. Embassy near Monrovia is anxiously awaiting the arrival of its Ambassador-designate, Michael McCarthy, who is to succeed Ambassador Christine Elder who took an early exit from her assignment in Liberia of service months ago.

Ambassador McCarthy has since been named by President Donald Trump, but perhaps his coming might have been impeded by the Coronavirus that has claimed many lives in the United States

The U.S. Embassy, in a Facebook post, stated: “Ambassador-designate Michael McCarthy takes another step toward becoming the next U.S. Ambassador to Liberia. His swearing-in ceremony took place on December 9, 2020 in Washington, D.C. We look forward to his arrival!”

The Embassy also noted: “There shall be perpetual peace and friendship between the United States of America and the Republic of Liberia, and also between citizens of both countries.”

The social media page of the Embassy has become flooded with congratulatory messages and wishes with some expressing high anxiety to see the newly appointed US Ambassador come to Liberia.

Ambassador-designate McCarthy has been in public service for 34 years and worked as a Foreign Service Officer in the Department of State, as a Civil Servant in the Executive Office of the President, and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo.  He has also served in South Sudan as Deputy Chief of Mission and in other post-conflict countries in transition, and has worked on African issues for much of the past two decades, most recently as the Consul General in Johannesburg, South Africa.

In his testimonies before the Foreign Affairs Committee in the US Senate, Ambassador-designate McCarthy said:  “Mr. Chairman, Senators, I can think of no higher honor than to represent the American people as Ambassador of the United States to the Republic of Liberia, a country with which the United States shares a special bond rooted in our deep historical ties, and preserved through our commitment to democracy, human rights, economic prosperity, and greater security in the West African region.  If confirmed, I continue to strengthen all facets of our bilateral relationship and ensure that the United States remains a steadfast partner as Liberia grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic.”  

Ambassador-designate McCarthy also vowed that he will lead the U.S. Embassy’s broad and highly cooperative interagency team — which includes USAID and the US Centers for Disease Control, as well as the Department of State, Department of Defense, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and the Peace Corps to ensure that Liberia remains on a path to self-reliance, that ordinary Liberians see the benefits of private-sector growth and accountable government, and that the country remains the United States’ most steadfast partner on the African continent.

With promises to open Liberia to American businesses and bring economic prosperity to Liberians, Ambassador McCarthy also has in package to ensure that Liberia does not backtrack from the progress it has made to increase transparency and fight corruption.  He said Liberia’s growth and development will depend on increased trade and investment, which in turn will require that U.S. and international businesses are confident they can compete openly and fairly and that any concerns will find remedy in an honest and impartial justice system.

He added: “These same concerns will inform my approach to human rights, as the justice sector, strained by the pandemic, struggles to deal with reported cases of sexual and gender-based violence, rape, child labor, and human trafficking.  These abuses must be confronted for their own sake, as well as to ensure a broader system of accountability, good governance, and rule of law.”   

Ambassador McCarthy is a product of Tulane University in the State of Louisiana where he earned Bachelor of Science degree.  He joined the Foreign Service in 1990.  He was nominated on May 27, 2020 by outgoing President Donald J. Trump.

According to the U.S. Department of State, Mr. McCarthy’s earlier assignments include service as the Management Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt, Germany, the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India and the U.S. Embassy in Asmara, Eritrea.  Prior to that, he was the Area Management Officer of the East Africa Division in the Office of Overseas Buildings and Operations at the U.S. Department of State and a Country Desk Officer in the Office of West African Affairs in the State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs.  He also served at the U.S. Embassies in Montevideo, Uruguay; Colombo, Sri Lanka; and Bangkok, Thailand.  Before joining the Foreign Service, he was the Vice President, Marketing for Compro Systems, Inc., in Baltimore, MD.  He also was a Technical Information Specialist in the Executive Office of the President in addition to serving earlier as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo.

12 COMMENTS

    • Yes, oh Mr. Hney, according to Joaquim Sendolo who DOES NOT KNOW that an embassy is said to be ”NEAR” a given capital only when that sovereign diplomatic mission or embassy is accredited to the given capital under the embassy or diplomatic mission LOCATED OR RESIDENT within the said receiving State.

      For example, the Canadian Embassy resident and or located in Ivory Coast is NEAR Monrovia, since there is no Canadian Embassy resident or located in Liberia or within the capital of Liberia.

      May be that displayed ignorance by Joaquim is THE CAUSE as viz the fact that the management of the Daily Observer has not paid him Joaquim and his colleagues for nearly two years now, or THE EFFECT.

    • Yes, oh Mr. Hney, according to Joaquim Sendolo who DOES NOT KNOW that an embassy is said to be ”NEAR” a given capital only when that sovereign diplomatic mission or embassy is accredited to the given capital under the embassy or diplomatic mission LOCATED OR RESIDENT within the said receiving State.

      For example, the Canadian Embassy resident and or located in Ivory Coast is NEAR Monrovia, since there is no Canadian Embassy resident or located in Liberia or within the capital of Liberia.

      May be that displayed ignorance by Joaquim is THE CAUSE viz the fact that the management of the Daily Observer has not paid him Joaquim and his colleagues for nearly two years now, or THE EFFECT.

      • I think you guys need to do research on this expression before condemning Mr. SENDOLO. I have always read and heard ‘The US Embassy NEAR Monrovia”, or The French Embassy NEAR Abidjan” for example.
        I have not asked or done a search on why it is said thus, but I think you need to do the research before condemning Mr. Sendolo.
        If he is wrong, then all those that have been using similar expression are wrong. We will then learn and begin to use the rightful expression that you will propose.

        However, if we do not have the Canadian Embassy in Monrovia but the country (Liberia) is being covered by the Embassy in Senegal or Cote d’Ivoire, we do not use the word NEAR Monrovia to mean the embassy has administrative authority over Monrovia.

        Mr. False Nationalist, maybe you can teach us something new we did not know. Look forward to your lessons.

        • Petarus, within the diplomatic relations of states or countries, we have RESIDENT AND NON RESIDENT Embassies. For Example, we have the US Embassy of Mauritius and Seychelles.

          But because that US embassy IS RESIDENT in Port Louis the capital of Mauritius and not in Seychelles,, when referring to US diplomatic activities in Victoria, the capital of Seychelles, one has to say the US Embassy near Port Louis (the capital city of Mauritius) has said or done so so and so.

          For the US Embassy of Mauritius and Seychelles IS RESIDENT in the capital city of Mauritius Port Louis! AND NOT IN SEYCHELLES WHERE THE NON RESIDENT US EMBASSY IS LOCATED!

          We have not condemn Joaquim. We have simply pointed out the error, since infallibility is only applicable to God! In fact,, the credit goes to Joaquim who advanced the thesis and to you and Mr. Hney who fired the anti thesis respectively which has made possible this synthesis.

          Look, Petarus, THE US has the most foreign or diplomatic missions or embassies (169 of the 193) on earth or in the world.

          As we lecture, besides the Comoros, Guinea-Bissau, Libya, and São Tomé, on the continent of Africa alone THE U.S. has RESIDENT embassies in all states it recognizes!

          For example, from Cairo and the Maghreb countries of Algeria, Tunisia, Mauritania in North Africa to Pretoria in South Africa, the US has its resident embassies in each of those capital cities!

          So when it comes to Liberia WITH A RESIDENT US EMBASSY IN MONROVIA (formerly Christopolis) which established diplomatic relations with the US since 1864 or Morocco the first TO SEEK diplomatic relations with the US as far back as 1777, it may have been an oversight or a mere error for Joaquim or anyone to make or to have made such a statement legitimately questioned by Mr. Hney!

          Please do not hesitate to bombard or forward your questions viz any concern of yours on this subject matter or any matter on international law and diplomacy, or jurisprudence, and epistemology!

  1. Why do liberians care about america? america does not give a [email protected] about you. What does liberia have to offer the USA or the world? NOTHING. Liberia is not a strategic location and it does not have any value to the USA. Liberia needs to stop kissing the USA butt and become a strong nation. We depend on the USA dollar too much. Every Liberian dreams of the USA why. why love somebody who does not love you

    • Your wonder as to why “Every Liberian dreams of the USA“ is actually legitimate!!! But the reality is that truly, it is not only Liberians with such obsession. For nearly this entirely microchipped population of planet earth (especially those from developing countries) are bondaged in this obsession of the so called American dream.

      Hence, I was not that surprise that one active participant of this site could not fathom as to why after acquiring a US citizenship decades ago, I abandoned it (my then US citizenship) and reacquired my Liberian citizenship. However, your view that “Liberia is not a strategic location and it does not have any value to the USA“ is an error.

      Besides Liberia been one of the most strategic spheres of influence on the grand chessboard of geopolitics, ideapoltick or kapitalpolitik, MONROVIA is a key CIA information post in both the gulf of Guinea and within the continent of Africa!

      This is inter alia why Washington wasted no time in militarily positioning US Warship at Mamba Point to preempt any major, continental, great or regional power from taking advantage of that vulnerability just before the NPFL of Tripoli and Burkina Faso, France, and Ivory Coast his Paynesville on July 2, 1990.

      And what remains funny and pitiful to this day is that most journalists went about spreading what we conceptualize in philosophy as VERBAL LIE EMANATING FROM A REAL LIE that the Americans were there to save the lives of Liberians even after thousands of Liberians had been killed by both the NPFL and the AFL from Butuo to St. Paul Bridge IN MONROVIA.

      So, it is an error or oversight on the part of anyone to claim that “Liberia is not a strategic location and it does not have any value to the USA“ WHEN..US INTERESTS INTER ALIA IN LIBERIA INCLUDE..

      (1) Military..Strategic Interests, And of course Liberia’s Votes at the UN!!!

      (2) Port and Airport Access Rights

      (3) The Sophisticated Omega Satellite (in Monrovia) orbiting the universe

      (4) The All Powerful VOA

      (5) The CENTCOM AND DEFESE AGREEMENTS

      (6) AMERICAN CONTROLLED SHIPPING

      (7) LIBERIA AS A BUFFER STATE IN A GEOPOLITICAL SEA OF MAJOR POWERS IN THE GULF OF GUINEA

      Accordingly, as long as America’s geopolitical desires (America’s Hegemony) remain or continue to expand, for example remaining the master of the seas, controlling the lanes and pathways with five keys said to lock up the world …Singapore, the Cape of Africa, Alexandria, Gibraltar, and Dover, this glorious lad of liberty under God’s command remains a geostrategic interests to any major, great, or regional power in any UNIPOLAR, BIPOLAR OR MULTIPOLAR WORLD!!!!

  2. Tell Liberian Officials and strangers who capitalize on the American style of life to steal power most, from no where, have no real connections to Liberia some not even Liberians (like those who pay for means to be part of the African circle enhanced in this land of Liberty). Some do not even know the complexity of the tradition that binds the maternal and fraternal remittances to the Liberia on the west coast of Africa. Some whose origin rank from neighboring nations and other parts of the globe who see some luxuries to exploit in the Liberian connection to Liberia and lust to be a part of by introducing strange forms to counter act our constitutional rights to make them become both part takers of the bowl given to Liberians under God’s command. They do not know Liberians. Liberians do not also give fa dam about Americans who do not have a friendly or ally commitment. We will not even let such kind bring their shit in our shit hole. The actual Liberian knows the reason this nation was founded on the west coast of Africa, the meaning of “the love of Liberty brought us here”, “people of negro descend”…etcetera…etc… regardless what leaflets or books are published in the name of Liberia to foster their own selfish desires or financial gains, they will never know the binding relationship enhanced in the Liberian settings or culture unless they are Liberians.

    Let the people know how you think. Not me.

  3. Want to play the game both ways. Never will this happen again regardless what decree or referrals. To avoid another civil war we will take what our fore fathers told us to do to keep Liberia on the west coast of Africa.

  4. Defender of Weak Causes…..
    Please allow this reality to be sunk in you. My fellow compatriot, Mr. True Nationalist, is not a fake Nationalist. A fake Nationalist is a low-life ninny who cares not about his or her Country. The uncaring attitude that a false Nationalist possesses is not found in the bones of the Liberian patriot, Mr. True Nationalist. Please show respect by referring to him as True Nationalist!

    With regard to the US embassy, one wonders about the whether the said embassy is located in Paynesville, Liberia. If the US embassy were located in Paynesville, Liberia, it would be appropriate to say it is located in Paynesville, near Monrovia. But that’s not the case in this scenario. The US is located in the Mamba Point area of Monrovia. Therefore it is inappropriate to say “near Monrovia”.

    Mr. Defender, do you think it is immoral for us to to ask a question?

    Conclusion…….
    The US embassy is located in Monrovia! There’s no research needed. To undertake the project of doing a research means that we’re in fact getting into the Trump trap.

    Liberian Embassy……..
    The Liberian embassy is located in NW Washington, DC. Furthermore, the Liberian embassy is located on a popular street that’s called, “16th Street, NW”. The 16th Street ends in front of the White House!!! But the Liberian embassy is not in the downtown area of the District of Columbia. In any case, the Liberian embassy is not near Washington, DC.

  5. Liberians will never change their nationality regardless the circumstances nor will a Liberian denounce his or her identity. Liberians know themselves.

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