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Draft for State Department

Original post made by Carol Mullen on Oct 27, 2007

For the first time since the Vietnam War, the State Department has been forced to declare that diplomats must choose between serving in Iraq and facing dismissal. There have not been volunteers to fill the positions. 200 letters will be sent.

Here is the link to the Associated Press report

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Comments

Posted by Gary, a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 27, 2007 at 6:06 pm

Typical State Dept. nonsense. Just make assignments, period. If they refuse, fire them, with no retirment benefits.


Posted by Carol Mullen, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 28, 2007 at 7:19 pm

Gary: You misunderstand. Embassy postings are usually sought after, even in dangerous places. There has not been a shortage of volunteers for an embassy since Vietnam.

That means that the State Department's own people have to be ordered to take these postings which have become undesirable because they know what's really happening as a result of the "surge". They see the information that's hidden from us. They know the war is lost. They don't think advancing their careers is worth being there at the end.

These are a one-year postings, with high hazard pay, special benefits, and right now, it's having trouble filling 40-50 posts on a voluntary basis.


Posted by Gary, a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 28, 2007 at 7:24 pm

Carol,

No misunderstanding. State Dept. folks don't like to be in a war zone, especially when the going is tough. So what? It's their job. Just make the assignments. If they don't want to go, fire them, with no benefits.