"Lame Duck German Governor Kicked Upstairs as New Energy Commissioner in Brussels"
— Title of a cable from the US embassy in Berlin
"I can say with absolute certainty that you did not receive this commission due to your skills. Like our friend the ambassador, you have the chancellor to thank for your position. But unlike the ambassador, I have no reason to believe that you might rise above the nepotism. I cannot justify removing you from this post. I can, however, give you a promotion".
—Captain Klag to First Officer Drex, Diplomatic Implausibility