Friday, October 24, 2008

Insider Quote: Loyalty and the Yes-Men

“This [George W. Bush] administration poses every question in terms of loyalty,” said a political officer with twenty years of service. “In the past, professionals were chosen for senior positions so that policymakers could draw on their knowledge and experience. Now they’re yes-men. You don’t have people who will stand up and say, ‘Madam Secretary, what you propose won’t work in my region of the world, which I know intimately.’ There is no discussion of policy or policy implementation, at least none that involves the foreign service.”

Career Diplomacy Life and Work in the U.S. Foreign Service Harry W. Kopp, Charles A. Gillespie ISBN: 9781589012196 August 2008

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