Obama Appoints Venezuelan Colonial Expert as Ambassador to Colombia

Posted on May 11, 2010


Obama’s appointee for ambassador to Colombia, P. Michael McKinley

As the following article suggests, it looks like new appointee, McKinley, has a clear portfolio to destroy Venezuela from his soon-to-be perch at the US embassy in Colombia.  But, we should take a moment to  rejoice in the the departure of  the wild-eyed and definitely crazed current ambassador to Colombia, William Brownfield.  Brownfield has been scheming against Venezuela since his arrival in Bogota and, before that, as the US ambassador to Venezuela from 2004-2007. 

William Brownfield, present US ambassador to Colombia and former ambassador to Venezuela who is known for his wild schemes to take down Chavez.


McKinley is presently the ambassador to Peru and here is a short State Dept. bio on him — of particular note, he was born in  Venezuela.


P. Michael McKinley
Term of Appointment: 07/02/2007 to present

On June 28, 2007, the United States Senate confirmed career Foreign Service Officer Peter Michael McKinley to serve as Ambassador to Peru.

Ambassador McKinley previously served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels between 2004 and 2007. From 2001-2004, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. Between 1994 and 2001, Ambassador McKinley was Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’ Affaires at U.S. Embassies in Mozambique, Uganda, and Belgium. Earlier assignments include U.S. Embassy London (1990-94), three tours in Washington (1985-90), and Bolivia (1983-85). Ambassador McKinley joined the Foreign Service in 1982.

Ambassador McKinley was born in Venezuela and grew up in Brazil, Mexico, Spain, and the United States. He did his undergraduate and graduate studies in the United Kingdom, and has a doctorate from Oxford University. His history of colonial Venezuela was published by Cambridge University Press as part of its Latin America series, and has also appeared in a Spanish edition.

Published: Monday, May 10, 2010

Bylined to: Patrick J. O’Donoghue

Obama appoints Venezuelan colonial expert as Ambassador to Colombia

VHeadline News Editor Patrick J. O’Donoghue reports: President Obama has appointed Peter Michael McKinley as Ambassador to Colombia, replacing William Brownfield.

McKinley, who leaves his post as US Ambassador to Lima, is an expert on Venezuela and has written a book on Venezuela’s colonial period.

The new Ambassador will take up his post after the Colombian elections set for May 30 and present his credentials to whoever is the new Colombian President.

Observers see the appointment as a sign that Obama is giving more importance to South America and what is perceived as the major continental threat to US interests in the region, President Chavez and Bolivarian Socialism.

The current Ambassador to Venezuela, Patrick Duffy was expelled from the country in September 2008 and returned to Caracas in July 2009.

McKinley’s appointment to Colombia rather than Venezuela is seen as a continuation of the US policy to turn Colombia into a proxy state to defend US interests on the continent.

McKinley’s job will to help the Colombian government in its microphone war against its neighbor aimed at destabilizing Venezuela domestically and internationally.

The new Colombian government will lead an attack on South American institutions, which have not included the USA or Canada.