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    Quote Originally Posted by Betson View Post
    Change of administration often means change of personal. Nothing wrong with that.

    Democrats seem to have hard time getting around the fact that this administration want to put their own people in just like every other administration did. If these ambassadors etc are not alright or inline with current policy then it is better they go.
    Change of administration often means change of personnel. This is true. Political appointees get switched out and replaced. That hasn't even been the case here. At this point 97 out of 153 positions held by political appointees have still not seen anyone confirmed. Most of those vacantpositions haven't even seen anyone nominated to them. Not even in fields where the Trump administration is supposedly placing importance has this happened. As the Trump administration frets over North Korea's advances in missile technology, it still doesn't have an ambassador in South Korea. It still doesn't have an assistant secretary for East Asia and the Pacific.

    Career US ambassadors aren't political appointees though. They're career members of the US diplomatic corps. So too are other State Department employees. There's a massive exodus of these experienced career officials going on. This is not even remotely normal or in line with what's happened under previous administrations at any time. Tillerson has personally made it harder to replace them too. Years and years of experience in diplomatic affairs, institutional knowledge, are vanishing and not even being close to replaced because of Trump's mishandling of the State Department. American diplomacy will be weakened for years and years after Trump's presidency has come to an end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by petaljam View Post
    If they were putting their own people in, you'd have a point.

    But how you can ignore the problem with there being no official US ambassador in South Korea at the moment - to take just one example - is evidence of your own inability to acknowledge reality. Especially as the person serving as interim Chargé d'Affaires in the meantime is the former deputy Chief of Mission, who was of course named to that position under the Dems. The worst of both worlds for a Republican administration surely?
    And his point would only be valid insofar as it extended to political appointees. Its validity does not extend to career officials such as career ambassadors. These serve their country irrespective of administration. What Betson is portraying as normal would cause huge panics were it to happen to the Pentagon.
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    "I would to stem the bleeding by showing leadership and a commitment to our people, our mission, and our mandate as the foreign policy arm of the United States.

    If you are unable to do so effectively within this Administration, I would humbly recommend you follow me out the door.”


    FP has published the resignation letter of a promising career diplomat. Apparently it reflects widely held beliefs about the State Department under the Trump administration. Well worth a read. As per everything about this administration's approach to the State Department, it is damning.

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    I don't see much sign of disarray now. Trump is flying along. All the court blockings have ended as the time for appeals arrives
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