7:47 AM, Nov 1, 2007 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
The Danger Room's Noah Shachtman has the story under the entirely appropriate title "Diplos Cry in Their Milk Over Iraq Assignments." Apparently the State Department hosted a "town hall meeting" for employees upset over the prospect of being sent to work in Baghdad's Green Zone. Let's go to the tape:
It's not Paris, but neither is it a death sentence. And what's really galling is that Crotty is upset that the United States doesn't behave like "any other" country in the world. Thankfully, our government doesn't, even if its diplomats do. And what's with the bit about 'believing in what's going on over there'? Does every employee of the United States government have to believe in what he's doing before accepting an assignment? No, they can always quit--and maybe Crotty should. I'm inclined to think we're better off with no diplomats that an embassy full of Crottys. But go read Noah's response, which includes this gem: "Oh, grow a freakin' pair, Crotty."