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Dynamic Hypocrisy?
The April edition of Cybernotes
spotlighted a comment by Secretary of
State Hillary RodhamClinton vilifying
and denigrating Russia and China for
their veto of a United Nations Secu-
rity Council resolution on Syria. Her
statement should have generated
nothing but entirely justifiable ridi-
cule, and is shatteringly out of place in
the “Magazine for Foreign Affairs Pro-
fessionals,” whose editors (in theory,
anyway) have some familiarity with
foreign affairs. In that regard, are you
really not aware that the United States
has itself vetoed 28 resolutions in the
Security Council?
The United Nations was created,
with massive U.S. support and en-
couragement, to provide a forum
where nations could discuss issues and
express their opinions. It is recog-
nized, and accepted, that they may
have widely differing perceptions on
how best to promote their national in-
terests.
To unload insults and invective on
other countries because they have
taken an action that we ourselves have
taken multiple times, and to do so in
public, is not merely insulting and of-
fensive. It broadcasts employment of
what can only be described as Dy-
namic Hypocrisy.
Reprinting such a statement in the
Journal
is regrettable and embarrass-
ing.
Edward Peck
Ambassador, retired
Chevy Chase, Md.
Russell J. Surber
FSO, retired
Paso Robles, Calif.
A PIT-iful Job
Your April issue focusing on spouse
employment compels me to write. I
was a career federal employee who re-
tired in 2007 from the Defense Intel-
ligence Agency as a GG-13 military
intelligence officer. I did not achieve
that position casually, but after attend-
ing night school at Northern Virginia
Community College and American
University for eight years.
Back in the early 1980s, I worked
as an intelligence technician and per-
sonnel specialist for DIA. My hus-
band, Richard Roark, an active-duty
Marine, had previously served as a
Marine Security Guard at Embassy
Ankara and applied for another post-
ing without discussing it with me.
Next thing I knew, he was preparing
to go to Lagos as the gunnery ser-
geant, and told me that his position
hinged on my accompanying him. I
had no choice but to resign from DIA
and discontinue my studies.
In Lagos, I immediately sought a
job at the embassy and was delighted
that the Personnel Office had a va-
cancy. The female incumbent was
quite eager to leave, so she only taught
me a few things. The personnel offi-
cer was “old school,” so he gave me no
further training.
As a part-time intermittent tempo-
rary employee, popularly known as a
PIT, my principal duties involved
drafting cables and the embassy
newsletter. I worked for months with-
out hearing any complaints. I was
there every day, never called in sick
and did the job to the best of my abil-
ity. I was always polite to the State
Department personnel and expressed
interest in their careers.
One day, a Foreign Service Na-
tional employee pulled some papers
out of my inbox and asked why I had
not processed the travel vouchers. I
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