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Oct 092008

Here, from the U.S. embassy website, is an October 1 photo from the recent visit to Colombia of James K. Glassman, the Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. Glassman (third from left) is in charge of all U.S. government efforts to educate foreign citizens about the United States and to improve our country’s severely flagging image abroad.

Glassman has a long career as a journalist and columnist, and as an expert in conservative think-tank circles. His official bio fails to mention, though, that he authored a bestselling 2000 book that, in hindsight, may have one of the most embarrassing titles ever: “DOW 36,000: The New Strategy for Profiting from the Coming Rise in the Stock Market.” (Used copies are retailing on Amazon.com at one cent.)

With the Dow continuing to fall vertiginously – it’s at about 9,250 this morning – Undersecretary Glassman may wish to spend less time on market prognostication and more time working on the U.S. image in South America.

5 Responses to “Public diplomacy…”

  1. Jaime Bustos Says:

    This old fellow must be having a great time grabbing the turnover generated by the financial crisis, people like himself artificially stimulate.

  2. ibanoiva Says:

    De este personaje ya se sabia hace rato:

    http://matthewyglesias.theatlantic.com/archives/2007/12/jim_glassman_americas_new_sale.php

    http://delong.typepad.com/sdj/2007/12/mendacious-wa-1.html

  3. Camilla Says:

    Adam, there are two policy guys floating around named James Glassman. I think the guy who wrote the stock book is a different one.

  4. Camilla Says:

    I correct myself after a little comparison-googling – it’s definitely the same guy.

    Yeah, he wasn’t good at prognosticating, except short term – the market was reaching sharp heights in 2000. Since he’s doing public diplomacy instead of prognosticating, it sounds like he took your advice, Adam, even before you gave it.

    The Hassett connection he has makes me gag. Hassett is one of the Wolfowitz-crowd neocons.

  5. Randy Paul Says:

    Hassett is one of the Wolfowitz-crowd neocons.

    And senior economic adviser to the McCain campaign.

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