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  •  True to a point (1+ / 0-)
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    some information is better than none, not to mention how Farsi speakers do you think there are in the State Department nowadays? Not too many I can assure you.

    You may find yourself in a beautiful house with a beautiful wife and you may ask yourself, "How did I get here?"

    by FrankCornish on Mon Jun 15, 2009 at 11:04:01 AM PDT

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    •  Actually, it would be interesting to know whether (3+ / 0-)
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      there have been more Farsi speakers hired under the new administration.  The previous administration was reluctant to recruit for the State Department, and even the Defense Department lacked for good Farsi translators and interpreters, but I would guess (and hope) that Obama wanted a stronger knowledge base in the State Department's and Defense Department's Iran offices than just filling posts willy-nilly with junior political lackeys.

      can i haz pittsburger? netroots nation skolurship

      by MsSpentyouth on Mon Jun 15, 2009 at 11:30:43 AM PDT

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      •  Its actually kind of hard these (3+ / 0-)
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        days. The security clearance apparatus is tough, and it takes awhile to get them into the system.

        There are also not too many people who wanted to do it under Bush. It should get better.

        You may find yourself in a beautiful house with a beautiful wife and you may ask yourself, "How did I get here?"

        by FrankCornish on Mon Jun 15, 2009 at 11:41:40 AM PDT

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        •  Back in '84 (1+ / 0-)
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          I was offered a choice between Hungarian and Farsi when I enlisted in the Army as an intelligence analyst. I chose Hungarian even though I knew Farsi was more important, but I didn't want to spend my army life in Kuwait.

          As it turns out, it didn't matter anyway, since I washed out of basic training with a bum shoulder.

          Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre, mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað

          by milkbone on Mon Jun 15, 2009 at 12:24:54 PM PDT

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