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  •  Hey, Thanks for Ignoring the Fact... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...that not another embassy in the last 4 decades, including some in fairly awful and dangerous places, has gone without enough volunteers to be fully staffed.  

    Doesn't it suck when the facts get in the way of your grand theory?

    The revolution will not be televised, but we'll analyze it to death at The Next Hurrah.

    by Dana Houle on Thu Nov 01, 2007 at 09:36:41 AM PDT

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    •  Both DHinMI and Jeturek (0+ / 0-)

      make excellent points.  There was a time when the US Foreign Service served the national interest and furthered intenrational peace.  And that was true during the Cold War, during Vietnam and through the 1980s.  I was talking about the Foreign Service, and more broadly of American corporate and governmental elites, who are abetting our decline by continuing to collect pay checks and play diplomacy on behalf of this Adminstration and the money grubbers who back them.  But woe to them that they should be sent to Iraq.

      And since I assume these two posters are former Foreign Service Officers, I can presume they did not feel by sticking around the Department of State
      they would be making much of a positive contribution.

      It is ironic that Iraq has seen the two faces of the US Foreign Service - L. Paul Bremer III who barely served overseas but successfully kissed butt with Republicans so that after serving Schultz he got a plum European Ambassadorship; and Ryan Crocker, who has worked in probably most Arab countries (and been engaged in the various peace processes there) under dangerous circumstances while speaking fluent Arabic.  And yet if Ryan Crocker, through his reading of his patriotic duty, provides legitimacy to Bushco, then is he any better than Bremer - the Washington staffer?

       

      •  Why The Hell Would You Assume... (0+ / 0-)

        ...that I'm a former Foreign Service officer?  Are you assuming that if one writes something vaguely sympathetic to them, that therefore you must be one of them or have some vested or professional interest in advocating for their cause?

        What an intellectually vapid assumption.

        The revolution will not be televised, but we'll analyze it to death at The Next Hurrah.

        by Dana Houle on Thu Nov 01, 2007 at 10:36:48 AM PDT

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