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To: IbJensen

She acknowledged the State Department was too big to function effectively. At least, that was her excuse for F’ing up benghazi security requests. We should run with that and cut the State Department.


3 posted on 01/28/2013 5:10:20 AM PST by ryan71
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To: ryan71

Maybe there is a soft underbelly where the whole concept of how the State Department is operated, that would enable a serious critic to dive and rip out its entrails. But that soft underbelly is protected by twenty-four-inch tempered, cold-rolled, chrome-vanadium-molybdenum alloy steel armor plate, and everywhere there is a possible gap in the armor, it is sealed up with a powerful elastomer that expands and hardens on exposure, still maintaining the integrity of its facade.

Short of firing the entire bureaucracy that maintains the continuity of this artificial barrier to any transparency at State, there is no known cure. The very concept of diplomacy is at stake here, the right to lie in defense of vested interests and oblique moves through negotiations with equally unprincipled adversaries representing other nations and entities.

I do not defend what the State Department does. It is only that, like big government programs deployed elsewhere, there grows up an advocacy that gets meaner than a junkyard dog in protecting what it has come to believe are its prerogatives and turf. Absolute heaven for those who hold the arts of guile and misdirection as examples of the greatest of virtues.


6 posted on 01/28/2013 6:10:08 AM PST by alloysteel (Herself, the Cold and Joyless, shouted: "What difference, at this point, does it make?")
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