3 types of U.S. ambassadors

Secretary of State John Kerry speaks in Switzerland as the nation's top diplomat. Here are three types of people who fill the next-highest posts abroad for America as ambassador. (Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

The 3 types of U.S. ambassadors

Caroline Kennedy's appointment to serve as ambassador of Japan has drawn attention for her lack of related experience.But not all ambassadors are career diplomats. Some are politicians who are needed for their sensitive touch, while others are campaign donors or allies who are looking for a cushy gig. Here's a look at the three main type of people whom the president asks to serve as our nation's top diplomat within a country. Power PolsThen-U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman Jr. …

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