I was disappointed to see the Phnom Penh Post (August 29 - September 11) give
such prominence to the views of Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and his Legislative
Assistant Al Santoli on the performance of US Ambassador Kenneth Quinn and on US
policy towards Cambodia.
If the Phnom Penh Post is going to venture beyond the borders of Cambodia, then it
owes its readers the presentation of the same balanced spectrum of opinion, in context,
as it tries to provide in its Cambodia reporting. Al Santoli is not a "US official,"
as one of your articles suggests. He is the hand-picked assistant of one of the most
conservative members of the US Congress. Quoting Rohrabacher and Santoli on US foreign
policy is the approximate equivalent of interviewing Pauline Hanson on Australian
The United States has had excellent representation in Cambodia since the establishment
of the Royal Government. Both Charles Twining and Kenneth Quinn have a long-standing
commitment to the country and the welfare of its people. They have both been activist
Ambassadors, engaged and accessible.
Rohrabacher and Santoli should call off the witch hunt and allow Kenneth Quinn and
the US State Department to contribute to finding constructive and workable solutions
to the current political impasse that is jeopardizing peace and development in Cambodia.
- Joel R. Charny, Phnom Penh.