The State Department has long been a semi-independent arm of US foreign policy. Lately it’s gotten worse. Stuck in Foggy Bottom culture, career diplomats see themselves as the only ones who truly understand what US foreign policy ought to be.
Thus they proceed with institutional certainty regardless of who might actually be in charge. To call them insular would be an understatement. More than most agencies they act to protect the agency from outside interference. It is a bureaucrat’s bureaucracy.
When Yahoo News first reported that 900 State Dept. employees signed a document opposing President Trump, there was not a single comment to the article favoring the protesting employees. There was about a 10 to one thumbs up ratio for people who thought the signatories had conveniently provided Trump with a list of those who should be fired to drain the Foggy Bottom swamp.
The list has grown. It seems like a good time to open the drain.
As Diplomats Unite, Will Trump End the Party at the Department of State?
From Liberty News Now: By Shane Cory – Feb 2, 2017
The United States Department of State has a problem.
The isolated employees of this government agency that serves as the face of America across the world appears to have their own agenda regardless of who is serving in the White House.
A “dissent cable” is being reported widely within the corporate media and has garnered 1,000 signers of State Department employees . . . and it’s still being circulated.
The letter started in an office in Washington, D.C. then electronically shuffled its way around the world, showing up in one embassy after another.
The Sensitive But Unclassified (SBU) document is reproduced in full below.
The memo, while written in a standard government format that is difficult to understand due to overuse of acronyms and “inside talk” essentially vents about the Executive Order signed by President Trump.
The order temporarily blocked refugees from seven hostile nations.
Standing out within the document is its emotional tone that is designed to invoke sympathy for non-Americans. The memo recalls an Iranian boy whose parents had spent $6,000 on a trip to NASA who asked, “Can I not go because I am Iranian?”
Other sob stories told by State Department employees included an Iranian couple who were traveling to see their son who was dying of cancer in the United States, and another Iranian man, married to an American who wanted to travel to see the birth of his child.
The author of the sensitive document, along with its 1,000 signers clearly place the personal interests of foreign nationals over the security of the United States.
But it’s nothing new.
The “dissent channel” has existed within the United States Department of State since the Vietnam War.
It is an unusual method to voice complaints and resolve conflicts that creates confusion abroad and discontent at home as the internal memos are nearly always leaked.
In June of 2016, 51 American diplomats circulated a similar dissent cable critical of President Obama’s Syrian policy and called for “bombing” within the war-torn nation. The bombing runs were promoted by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The corporate media of course buried that story.
Fast forward just four days, and President Trump’s discussions with foreign leaders were leaked to the press and offered in a way to embarrass the new president.
The Drudge Report blared with the headline. “Trump Threatens Troops in Mexico” while another story recalled a tense discussion with the Australian Prime Minster over Syrian refugees.
Who would have had access to these transcripts?
Employees of the Department of State.
Who leaked them? Take a guess.
Diplomats and their many employees and assistants, paid for by American taxpayers, have for many decades taken a “let’s all get along for a better world” mentality rather than doing what they are paid to do which is placing America’s interests above all else.
Compromise appears to be their only solution as they mingle with their well-healed foreign counterparts; attend their cocktail parties and treat any foreigner with power as close as family.
The loyalty of these entrenched diplomats appears to stop at the borders of their own nation.
It’s time for President of the United States to clean house and terminated the jobs and contracts of anyone and everyone working for the Department of State. Their institutional knowledge is best forgotten and replaced with the acumen of American business leaders who have had no other choice but to deal with foreign nations fairly yet firmly.
Incoming Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is the example of the type of diplomat America needs at this point in time.
For far too long, our nation has served as not only the World’s Police Force, but the wealthy, dumb uncle that everyone takes advantage of.
One-by-one, Trump can take pleasure in marching in every State Department employee . . . down to the last secretary . . . and repeating the words, “You’re fired.”