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sional with on-the-ground experience
that can’t be beat argues against pick-
ing the wrong side in a conflict (and
demonizing the future winners).
What if Washington had heeded that
counsel? As Kurlantzick notes, Viet-
nam and America “have developed
close ties, based partly on a shared fear
of a rising China — exactly the kind of
shared interests … that Thompson
and other early OSS operatives had in
And what does that episode say
about our other “foreign entangle-
ments”? Or the importance of weigh-
ing the advice of all those who see
things a different way — and aren’t
afraid to speak up about it?
These are all matters well worth
pondering, even if you never purchase
a Jim Thompson tie.
Josh Glazeroff, an FSO since 1997, is
consul general in New Delhi.
M A Y 2 0 1 2 / F O R E I G N S E R V I C E J O U R N A L
Thompson’s career raises
questions about the fate
of those who see things a
different way, and aren’t
afraid to speak up.