THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
addressed the security problems that continue to pose a threat to
James (Jim) Meenan
We Are Honored to Serve
As a medical doctor new to the Foreign Service, I watched our
2016 election from U.S. Embassy Caracas. One fact has become
increasingly clear. Our “America” is not just “there” in the 50
states. Not just “there” in the corridors of advertising, business
and commerce. And certainly not just “there” inside the Beltway.
The United States of America is everywhere we have staked a
claim to a relationship, including at embassies like ours in Cara-
cas. For many here in Venezuela, we are the only “United States
of America” they will ever see. Everywhere that an American post
or citizen is, the United States of America is there, as well.
The paradigm of “the United States of America” causes great
ambivalence in much of our world, both inside and outside our
borders. But it is a concept, a philosophy, a way of living and
being with which virtually all people must contend in our cur-
rent global society.
We at the Department of State serve our country’s freedoms,
democracy and respect for human life and dignity through our
business, our conversations and our relationships, and by advo-
cating on behalf of the interests of the United States of America
with humility and conviction.
It has been a great honor to serve the Obama administration,
and it will be a great honor to serve the newly elected Trump
administration and each democratically elected administration
that occupies our White House.
Robert Bentley Calhoun, M.D.
Regional Medical Officer
U.S. Embassy Caracas, Venezuela