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The New Doodz
by Lee

Condi’s making her mark.

Senior career diplomats are retaking control of key elements of U.S. foreign policy and have begun to assert significant influence as the Bush administration enters its waning months eager to salvage a legacy marred by the Iraq war.

Since assuming the helm at the State Department in 2005, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has installed veteran foreign service officers with more than 200 years of collective diplomatic experience in seven critical posts from the Middle East to South Asia and the Far East.

By contrast, their immediate predecessors had just 72 years of combined experience and five of them were Republican political operatives with limited or no background in diplomacy, according to an Associated Press survey of senior agency appointees.

While the departure of prominent conservative hawks, including Donald H. Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz from the Pentagon and John Bolton from the State Department, is well-documented, the quiet climb to influence of Rice’s choices for top jobs has been less public even as they have started to steer new courses.

Let us not forget that as former Secretaries of Defense, Cheney and Rumsfeld were, on paper, two of the most qualified, experienced, levelheaded war-fighters anywhere.  I just hope that these guys turn out to be halfway decent at their job and not a bunch of Bush lackeys and lickspittles.  Perhaps I’m being naive.

Posted by Lee on 08/22/07 at 09:55 PM (Discuss this in the forums)

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Posted by syddelish on 08/22/07 at 11:32 PM from United States

veteran foreign service officers with more than 200 years of collective diplomatic experience

so, is that 10 people with 20 years experience per person? or 20 people with 10 years experience per person? or maybe 40 people with 5 years experience per person? or 200 people with 1 year experience per person? or 2,400 people with one month experience per person? or 72,000 people with one day experience per person?

i never, ever trust the ‘collective experience’ numbers. unless it’s adam and jaime from mythbusters, because they blow shit up for fun.

beyond that, “collective years experience” numbers are a null set for me.

Posted by West Virginia Rebel on 08/23/07 at 12:41 AM from United States

I wonder if Condi might be angling for a possible future VP nomination...it would revive an earlier tradition of secretaries of state being presidential candidates.

Posted by on 08/23/07 at 08:03 AM from United States

so, is that 10 people with 20 years experience per person? or 20 people with 10 years experience per person? or maybe 40 people with 5 years experience per person? or 200 people with 1 year experience per person? or 2,400 people with one month experience per person? or 72,000 people with one day experience per person?

If you keep reading the line you quoted, the number is 7.

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