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  •  Just to be clear, I am thanking dreidlgirl. (7+ / 0-)

    I think the diarist is overreaching.  Do individuals at Department of State make mistakes?  Of course.  In general, however, they are committed, smart, and work very , very hard to understand the culture and language of the countries to which they are posted.  Most younger officers are frequently sent on goodwill events where they must use the language of the host country (speaking at high schools, for example).  They are expected to answer questions, not just give a prepared speech.  

    "I'll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there's evidence of any thinking going on inside it." Terry Pratchett

    by kiwiheart on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 10:14:02 AM PDT

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