Friday, May 28, 2010

One of the saddest comments ever received here…

Autumn CrispImage by KaJo 123 via Flickr
In April, I posted about the IT Consolidation at the State Department based on a published OIG review (read State Dept IRM’s IT Consolidation Gets a Screaming "F"): This week, this blog received exactly one comment on that post. I normally do not re-post comments. But I thought this one was different.

Gary  said...

Your quote,

"...if somebody had the courage to say “hey, this idea is full of sh*t.” But that’s only like, well like committing career hara-kiri, and nobody does that too often in the bureaucracy. Because when you "die" in a bureaucracy, you don't necessarily get kicked out, you just get ignored in your cubicle until you, well -- dry out, crisp as autumn leaves and get swept out by the char force one night when nobody is looking...."

That was me.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 9:27:00 PM

“That was me.”

Three words, no fluff. That probably is one of the saddest lines I’ve ever received in this blog.


gloriousbach said...

A question from a non-member of the SD (or DOD etc.)I wonder: is Gary's experience unusual or have you seen similar cases played-out? Is the comment "the saddest" because what it says is so rare or because it's a poignantly-stated but well-known reality?

Cassandra Was Right said...

Others too will not forget
that crackling sound.
Colder than a tiger's growl.