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  •  That's a good perspective, but I can tell you (6+ / 0-)

    from personal experience that quite a few American employees in our embassies are some of the most arrogant and condescending Americans living or visiting in some foreign lands.

    I was recently in a local restaurant when a group from the consulate come in for dinner as well.  The Consul, the security officer, and several others.  I know the current Consul (and several past ones - they rotate often) personally. The security officer and I have had several conversations in the past as well.

    There was one American woman in her mid 20s who I didn't know.

    One thing readers should know is that Americans tend to dine earlier in the evening than locals. Some restaurants don't really get busy until 10 pm or after. So, the service was a bit casual at this earlier hour. We're used to that as is anyone who lives here full time.

    As we were sitting nearby, we could hear this young woman say, "I hope they realize that we are the most important people here!"

    Well, we couldn't believe our ears. While I hope the Consul had a word with her later in private, it's not our place to tell him how to run the ship.

    That is not an uncommon attitude among State Department workers.  We've never known Consuls to behave that way, but lower level employees have often done or said quite arrogant things. The stories spread around town like lightning.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 11:50:10 AM PDT

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    •  Seasoned diplomats from other countries (4+ / 0-)
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      or the representatives of the home country will recognize that to be the case:  the arrogance of inexperience.  And the Foreign Service, like lots of other high-level jobs, attracts all kinds of personalities.  

      My husband is a foreign service officer, though not American.  With one exception, we have had positive encounters with and opinions of American diplomatic officials.  

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