October 31, 2007
— Ace Waging peace, but only from the safety of Foggy Bottom.
Posted by: Drew at October 31, 2007 02:11 PM (hlYel)
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Posted by: sherlock at October 31, 2007 03:33 PM (ojW85)
For the most part, there's not much I can do. Many hope they'll be left behind with paperwork pending so they can stay in, but I've been pretty ruthless about discharging those unable to go.
Thankfully, it's really only a handful of personnel, but strangely it's mostly senior leadership trying to duck out. They have families, better paying civilian jobs and such, so I guess it makes sense, but it's the opposite of what I usually saw in the active duty, where homesick and scared kids wanted to get discharged and the senior leaders could be counted on to stick through it.
Posted by: Grimaldi at October 31, 2007 03:48 PM (CgMAQ)
From the same place we get our military men. Open up the recruiting process, pull in people who are not the same diploma mills who are filling the State Department now. Try a little ... dare I say it? ... diversity the recruiting.
Good God, there 300 million people in this country! Surely there must be a few thousand out there who will serve their country honorably and well in the Department of State!
Posted by: Brown Line at October 31, 2007 05:16 PM (x4rbl)
Sorry about that.
Posted by: Brown Line at October 31, 2007 05:17 PM (x4rbl)
Posted by: funky chicken at October 31, 2007 05:51 PM (I+jPP)
We talked about the State "town hall" meeting out here in the boonies where non-retired diplomats serve.
There are a lot more than 300 people working at Main State (i.e., "Foggy Bottom") and nearby State Annexes. You got an audience filled with the people so unhappy with the policy change that they left work to go to a meeting about it. Most people stayed at their desks and got on with their work.
Do the math. A noisy and vocal minority got an article written about them. Big surprise: it fits the media's meta-narrative for the nation's professional diplomats to appear disenchanted with the administration's Iraq policies.
A third (1,200) of FSOs (6,500 total) have already served in Iraq; more than two-thirds of FSOs are serving overseas at any given time. And out of 252 job vacancies next year, there were qualified volunteers to fill 204 of them. So only some 48 officers will receive directed assignments.
So far, a couple of hundred qualified "prime candidates" have been identified and notified about their being considered for one of the 48 unfilled vacancies. Nobody's been picked, nobody picked has resigned.
Posted by: Consul-At-Arms at November 01, 2007 07:08 AM (B+qrE)
Posted by: Tbird at November 01, 2007 09:19 AM (3hdwv)
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