“I’m not sure our State Department serves us well,” Perry, a Republican presidential candidate, said Tuesday on a radio program with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly. “I’m not talking about the secretary of state here. I’m talking about the career diplomats and the secretary of state, who all too often may not be making decisions or giving advice to the administration that’s in this country’s best interest.”I know, I am swatting at flies now, but this crap deserves a response.
“We need to have a discussion with Congress to make sure that the decisions that are being made are in America’s best interest,” Perry said later.
Let's start with one response from the American Foreign Service Association.
“Diplomacy is rightly recognized as the first line of defense and a vital instrument for ensuring national security, along with the military,” the AFSA said in a statement. “Foreign Service professionals carry out their role with exemplary dedication all over the world, including war zones and other dangerous regions.”Here, here. As I write this, I sit across the street from the American embassy in a Middle Eastern country. Those folks across the street are American heroes. They do the work that most Americans won't/can't do, including ungrateful slime like Rick Perry. It's the career Foreign Service Officers that help to keep Americans safe so that Rick has the freedom to ridicule them while he pads his coffers from lobbyists in Texas off the government dime. So as far as I am concerned, Ricky boy can take his 4% of the primary vote and go back home where he will no doubt continue to take credit for an economy of which he played no role and neither understands.
To amplify its point, AFSA noted that hundreds of career U.S. diplomats have been killed in the line of duty, including six ambassadors: John Mein (Guatemala, 1968), Cleo Noel (Sudan, 1973), Rodger Davies (Cyprus, 1974), Francis Meloy (Lebanon, 1976), Adolph Dubs (Afghanistan, 1979) and Arnold Raphel (Pakistan, 1988).
Other diplomats have been killed in France, Greece, Iraq, Italy, Jordan and Pakistan, and embassy bombings in Lebanon, Kenya and Tanzania claimed the lives of more than two dozen.
There is justice in the world though. The very people that Rick Perry blasts will continue to carry out American foreign policy while Ricky gets walloped in an embarrassing national campaign that showcases his inability to speak in complete sentences.
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