Foreign Service Officers, Like It or Not, You’re Going

GovExec.com is reporting that Foreign Service Officers — the folks who work for the State Department at embassies around the world — are upset over a new policy that would force them to serve in Iraq:

Several hundred U.S. diplomats vented anger and frustration Wednesday about the State Department’s decision to force foreign service officers to take jobs in Iraq, with some likening it to a “potential death sentence.”

Oh, boo-fucking-hoo. Half the problem in Iraq is the fact that we’re asking military personnel to perform the jobs of other government agencies — the State Department, USAID, et cetera. The armed forces aren’t built for diplomacy, nation-building and extensive public affairs — they’re built for fighting and winning wars. So stop your crying and pack your gear, bitches.

And death sentence? Talk to a military member recently? At least you bastards get to stay inside the wire most of the time.

“It’s one thing if someone believes in what’s going on over there and volunteers, but it’s another thing to send someone over there on a forced assignment,” [Jack Crotty, a senior foreign service officer who once worked as a political adviser with NATO forces,] said. “I’m sorry, but basically that’s a potential death sentence and you know it. Who will raise our children if we are dead or seriously wounded?”

You know, you signed up to serve your country. Feel free to resign. I bet you like the benefits, though, don’t you. The benefits of traveling around the world for free, getting great government wages, free health care, and on and on and on.

I seem to remember telling the FSOs who interviewed me during my attempt at the entrance exam that I was there to serve my country. In fact, that’s the thing — you serve the interests of your country; not yourself. Just because you “don’t believe in it” doesn’t mean you get out of it. Just like our soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines. And who takes care of their kids? Whiny bastards, all of you.

American Foreign Service Association President John Naland said that a recent survey found that only 12 percent of the union’s membership believed Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was “fighting for them.”

“That’s their right but they’re wrong,” [Foreign Service Director General Harry Thomas] said, prompting a testy exchange.

“Sometimes if it’s 88 to 12, maybe the 88 percent are correct,” Naland said.

“88 percent of the country believed in slavery at one time, was that correct?” shot back Thomas, who is black, in a remark that drew boos from the crowd. “Don’t you or anybody else stand there and tell me I don’t care about my colleagues. I am insulted,” he added.

Ooooooh, burn!

Guess what? The State Department isn’t a democracy. Put up or shut up.

Ugh. This shit pisses me off. Do your job, State. Not everything is the military’s responsibility. When State finally starts doing something right, their FSOs cry like little babies. Get. Over. It. Or. Get. Out.

UPDATE 05 NOV 2007 1411: A couple of other folks have picked up on this storyand agree with my sentiments. I’m sure there are a helluva lot more where those came from.

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