WASHINGTON (AP) Ă˘â‚¬â€ť Several hundred U.S. diplomats vented anger and frustration Wednesday about the State Departmentâ€™s decision to force foreign service officers to take jobs in Iraq, with some likening it to a “potential death sentence.”
In a contentious hourlong town-hall meeting, they peppered officials responsible for the order with often hostile complaints about the largest diplomatic call-up since Vietnam. Announced last week, it will require some diplomats Ă˘â‚¬â€ť under threat of dismissal Ă˘â‚¬â€ť to serve at the embassy in Baghdad and in reconstruction teams in outlying provinces.
Many expressed serious concern about the ethics of sending diplomats against their will to serve in a war zone, where the embassy staff is largely confined to the protected “Green Zone,” and safety outside the area is uncertain while a review of the departmentâ€™s use of private security contractors to protect its staff is underway.
“Incoming is coming in every day, rockets are hitting the Green Zone,” said Jack Croddy, a senior foreign service officer who once worked as a political adviser with NATO forces.
He and others confronted Foreign Service Director General Harry Thomas, who approved the move to “directed assignments” late last Friday to make up for a lack of volunteers willing to go to Iraq.
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U.S. diplomats vent over forced Iraq duty
Our troops donâ€™t have a choice, they have to be there, if you want PEACE then you have to have DIPLOMACY to make it happen, that endeavor requires diplomats, and thatâ€™s YOUR job, DO IT or get out of the business, suck it up and stop crying, life is NOT fair, this is the job YOU signed on for and you ALL sound like a bunch of wussies…
Anyone want to take bets as to how long before this bunch of cowardly asshats will be screaming that they REALLY DO need people like Blackwater USA to protect them??
“Whoâ€™s going to take care of our families if we get hurt or killed?”, that pretty much seems to be the biggest excuse weâ€™re hearing for NOT wanting to go to Iraq and to that I have to say, why, the very same people that are taking care of our wounded troops and the families of our deceased troops, cheer up, youâ€™re in good hands, donâ€™t worry, YOUR government is in charge and will provide care for you…
As far as I am concerned the most serious point of this story would be the questions it poses??
Arenâ€™t we being told, EVERY DAY, that Iraq is safer, Iraq is under control, we are winning hearts and minds, deaths and injuries are WAY down, we are IN CONTROL, isnâ€™t that what the White House is telling us, every day?? Isnâ€™t that what all the Bush Bots sites preach to us??
Isnâ€™t that the rationale being used to BS the American people into being quiet as even MORE of our BILLIONS in tax dollars are wasted in an effort that is NOT going to end in our lifetime??
Well, my BIG question is this, IF Iraq is all those things, WHY are the guys in the Diplomatic Corps crying like little yard bitches that just got slapped?? You donâ€™t suppose they actually know something that the Bush administration isnâ€™t telling us do you?? Like maybe the REAL story about Iraq?? The story that I and many others have been trying to convince folks of for quite some time now??