Apparently, returned Mormon missionaries make good U.S. ambassadors — even in dangerous places. Maybe especially in dangerous places such as the Middle East.
Last week, President Barack Obama nominated Matthew Tueller, a Utah native, to be the next ambassador to Yemen, a country reputed to be a hotbed of al-Qaida operatives.
Tueller, a Brigham Young University graduate and career Foreign Service officer, is now the ambassador to Kuwait, a post he has held since 2011. Before that, he was the deputy chief of mission in Egypt.
In 2012, R. Stephen Beecroft, another Mormon and BYU graduate, became the U.S. ambassador to Iraq.