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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Former diplomats are sounding alarm bells over what they see as a "diplomatic disarmament" of America's professional foreign service ranks.

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Foreign Service diplomats are the customer service reps for the MIC, Think Tanks, and a front for intelligence. They like black tie dinners, intellectual conversations with academics, and the symphony. They're high-priced errand boys.

I say fukem in the ass.

Let them check passports and visas and arrange emergency medical flights home. Paper shufflers from Harvard and Yale.

#1 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-08-18 09:51 PM | Reply

,,,and they wear Italian loafers.

That's all you need to know.

#2 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-08-18 09:52 PM | Reply

- I say fukem in the ass.

Sooo... it's true. These Sheep are all alike.

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2019-08-18 11:14 PM | Reply

Professional, well-educated foreign service officers prolly even know science stuff and facts... can't have that!

Better to have Trumpish political hacks, right?

#4 | Posted by Corky at 2019-08-18 11:17 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"These Sheep are all alike.

#3 | POSTED BY CORKY"

In a broader, macro sense this is indeed true. But when you start looking closer, you'll see some sheep go to the left and some go to the right. The ones who do all obey a certain master. I'm sure you know who the masters of the left flock are, corky.

#5 | Posted by goatman at 2019-08-18 11:19 PM | Reply

"Better to have Trumpish political hacks, right?

#4 | POSTED BY CORKY "

Hillary's third -------- and shill extraordinaire is ranting about political hacks? Too funny.

#6 | Posted by goatman at 2019-08-18 11:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Better to have Trumpish political hacks, right?
#4 | POSTED BY CORKY

Diplomats are high priced messengers. They have no decision making authority except to deliver the diplomatic pouch.

"Yes, Prime Minister. I'll deliver your message, sir. I'll get back to you as soon as I've been given my instructions."

Other than that, they host cocktail parties, and do whatever the CIA station chief tells them to do.

#7 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-08-19 12:21 AM | Reply

Hillary's third -------- and shill extraordinaire is ranting about political hacks? Too funny.

#6 | Posted by goatman

Profound, for you, I'm sure.

Most of us know that 6th grade school yard taunts reveal more about the poster than anybody else.

#8 | Posted by jpw at 2019-08-19 12:32 AM | Reply

#7 | Posted by SheepleSchism

You're such a pathetic schitt heap.

Please tell me your vision of how the world would work without any of our current conventions or norms.

You seem to want Trump's destructive views to win out so tell me how it will be and will work.

#9 | Posted by jpw at 2019-08-19 12:34 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

"Profound, for you, I'm sure.
Most of us know that 6th grade school yard taunts reveal more about the poster than anybody else.

#8 | POSTED BY JPW "

Is my post inaccurate? Nope.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery (and proof of the inability to generate original thoughts)

Keep them hits comin', big guy!

#10 | Posted by goatman at 2019-08-19 12:35 AM | Reply

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"You're such a pathetic schitt heap.

#9 | POSTED BY JPW "

More "quality poting." LOL You can't make this ---- up, folks.

#11 | Posted by goatman at 2019-08-19 12:36 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery (and proof of the inability to generate original thoughts)

Keep them hits comin', big guy!

#10 | Posted by goatman

It's mockery.

Your blood sugar must be low if you can't see that.

More "quality poting." LOL You can't make this ---- up, folks.

#11 | Posted by goatman

See: Previous explanations for interactions with dishonest jackasses.

#12 | Posted by jpw at 2019-08-19 12:46 AM | Reply

Is my post inaccurate? Nope.

Neither are mine.

Yet you jump to Nulli and sheepleshart's defense every time.

While claiming to not be a political hack.

But nobody takes your claims seriously anyway because we can all see you for what you are.

#13 | Posted by jpw at 2019-08-19 12:47 AM | Reply

Bye, JPW. You are far too dishonest

#14 | Posted by goatman at 2019-08-19 12:48 AM | Reply

Bye, JPW. You are far too dishonest

LOL in true Repub form accuse your adversary of your worst traits.

And I know you won't live up to your bye, just as you don't live up to any of your other high minded claims to try and keep up your golly gee, awww shucks facade.

#15 | Posted by jpw at 2019-08-19 12:53 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Re #9

Sheeple,

Apologies for the schittheap comment.

But I'd like to see answers to the questions I posed.

It's easy to sneer and tear down, much harder to build something that works. What's your plan? How do you envision things working better than they did pre-Trump? What changes would you make?

#16 | Posted by jpw at 2019-08-19 09:04 AM | Reply

Sheep - If you think that's all these people do you truly are clueless. There is a lot that goes into politics in general that is why other countries rely on career diplomats. Diplomats are the eyes and ears and yes also the mouthpiece for the President and the US in general. They learn about the people they are dealing with as well as the local way of doing things and subtleties. Understanding the subtleties in communicating and dealing with foreign governments successfully is something I believe is beyond your ability to comprehend. Career diplomats have been crucial in virtually all significant political accomplishments in recent memory.

#17 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2019-08-19 09:57 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"They learn about the people they are dealing with as well as the local way of doing things and subtleties."
#17 | POSTED BY GALAXIEPETE

Ambassadors are political appointees. Diplomats are complaining that they have no path to the top jobs. They're not satisfied with providing guidance on "the local way of doing things and subtleties".

#18 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-08-19 11:53 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It's easy to sneer and tear down, much harder to build something that works. What's your plan? How do you envision things working better than they did pre-Trump? What changes would you make?

#16 | POSTED BY JPW

A smaller global military and intelligence footprint, maybe as small as 15% of current strength.

Convert existing properties to humanitarian aid centers, refugee safe zones, and disaster response.

#19 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-08-19 11:57 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

OK.

None of that explains how you see interactions between nations, ie diplomacy, occurring without a group of people (not just the diplomats themselves, who are the faces we see, but the behind the scenes people you never hear about) doing the grunt work on the ground.

#20 | Posted by jpw at 2019-08-19 12:55 PM | Reply

It goes hand in hand with scaling back our military and intelligence footprint. Foreign service is just the social front end of the MIC.

Restructure the entire system, condense and scale back, combine regions. Each and every nation doesn't require an admiral, general from each branch, and a battalion to operate. The world and communication have changed since the Foreign Service first began. Embassies should be reserved for the largest nations and serve as a regional hub for smaller satellite consular offices that handle paperwork and US citizen issues.

There's almost nowhere today that a person can't connect by phone or computer. It no longer takes days to reach most areas of the world. Most meetings can be scheduled via remote video conference, skype, cisco meeting, etc.

We don't need to be financing endless cocktail parties and trips to the opera to entertain dignitaries.

#21 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-08-19 02:08 PM | Reply

--Most meetings can be scheduled via remote video conference, skype, cisco meeting, etc.

Someone needs to tell that to the rich, elite eco-warriors who take private jets to global warming conferences.

#22 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-08-19 02:20 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The foreign service keeps us out of wars.

We really don't want a drop in quality in that department.

#23 | Posted by Tor at 2019-08-20 12:46 PM | Reply

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