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  •  You really don't get it. (0+ / 0-)

    The Vatican is NOT part of Italy and it has different policies and stands from the government of Italy.

    Byw, I'm sure we have diplomats in Monaco as well.  We don't send the Embassador to France.

    •  We do send them the French Ambassador (2+ / 0-)
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      But we also sent them Grace Kelly, so they don't complain.

      We didn't have full diplomatic ties with the Vatican until 1984. As a country, it's opinion is meaningless. Its power arises from the church that is headquartered there.

      •  How is that distinction relevant? (0+ / 0-)

        As a country, it's opinion is meaningless. Its power arises from the church that is headquartered there.

        I'm a lot less concerned with meaning than I am with power.  Diplomacy requires grappling with power, not existential meaning.

        You're better off reading Josh Marshall in the first place.

        by Inland on Thu May 28, 2009 at 11:58:37 AM PDT

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    •  Actually, we do. (0+ / 0-)

      According to the CIA World Factbook, the US ambassador to France has responsibility for Monaco.  Switzerland shares with Lichtenstein, Spain with Andorra, etc.

      "It costs a lot of money to die comfortably" ~ Edmund Burke (prophesying the demise of the Republican Party)

      by Andhakari on Thu May 28, 2009 at 11:35:31 AM PDT

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