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  •  I wouldn't read too much into this. (2+ / 0-)
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    This looks like the normal rotation for Senior Foreign Services Officers to new posts after 3 years.  

    With the Decision Points Theater, the George W. Bush Presidential Library becomes the very first Presidential Library to feature a Fiction Section.

    by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 05:09:59 AM PDT

    •  Yeah. Probably more important... (3+ / 0-)

      ...to look at who is assigned to replace him.

      It ain't called paranoia - when they're really out to get you. 6 points.

      by Jaime Frontero on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 05:40:01 AM PDT

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      •  Indeed. However, the position is as PDAS (1+ / 0-)
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        (Principle Deputy Assistant Secretary).  Generally, these are not subject to Senate confirmation.  As such, the selection is likely to be internal, and likely bureacratic, although, if either Kerry or Bureau Asst. Secretary Kerri-Ann Jones have a preferred candidate, then that would take precedence.

        With the Decision Points Theater, the George W. Bush Presidential Library becomes the very first Presidential Library to feature a Fiction Section.

        by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 05:55:20 AM PDT

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    •  For Stewart it's a normal rotation (1+ / 0-)
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      for Klune it's Siberian exile.

      “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

      by ban nock on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 06:19:22 AM PDT

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      •  Not necessarily. He has been in the (5+ / 0-)
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        Foreign Service for 28 years.  At this level, if you don't get an Ambassadorial appointment (to have at least one under your belt), you can pretty much count on being forced into retirement.  It is an up-or-out system.  Now, Vientianne may not be the most commodious of assignments, but any spot keeps him "in the game".  At a minimum, he gets to retire after this appointment and go for a Diplomatic Fellow position at some college or University (got to have that "Amb." for one of those).

        With the Decision Points Theater, the George W. Bush Presidential Library becomes the very first Presidential Library to feature a Fiction Section.

        by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 06:30:08 AM PDT

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        •  that makes sense. I couldn't figure why the sudden (2+ / 0-)

          move to embassy type work, sounded like he was in DC doing economic things for most of his time.

          Some like Vientiane. Easy capital.

          “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

          by ban nock on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 06:36:38 AM PDT

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          •  I thought of one more reason it might (0+ / 0-)

            be attractive to him.  One's pension is based on a percentage of one's salary for one's highest three years .  This includes base pay and any post differential.  Vientiane is a 25% hardship post, meaning that one not only gets paid the 25% premium, but that accrues to determining one's pension.  

            With the Decision Points Theater, the George W. Bush Presidential Library becomes the very first Presidential Library to feature a Fiction Section.

            by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 03:36:11 PM PDT

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      •  Don't read too much into the Laos posting (2+ / 0-)

        That stuff is par for the course when it comes to career foreign service officers (FSOa).

        The plum ambasadorial posts go to political appointees.  Career FSOs cut their teeth (and pay their dues) in smaller an/or remote nations.  Read his bio; he paid his dues in Peru and Indonesia.  If you want to read some tea leaves, I would suggest that his selection as charge d'affaires to the Bahamas (the ambassador was a political appointee, of course) was a big step toward an embassy of his own.  If you're selected for an ambassadorial post, you start paying your dues all over again at that level.

        If memory serves, there are only 150 ambassadorial posts--there are other posts of ambassadorial rank, but those aren't one-to-one relationships with other nations--so I wouldn't call any of them "Siberian exile."

        The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

        by wesmorgan1 on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 07:30:40 AM PDT

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