The Foreign Service Journal - September 2014 - page 21

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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SEPTEMBER 2014
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And many of them will necessarily be
tied to the politics of the administration
then in power, often recruited tempo-
rarily at the top.
Getting senior FSOs among such
policymakers—valuable and necessary
as that is—can never be the central aim
of any system guiding as big a popu-
lation as the entire Foreign Service,
whose main function is to provide the
It is stupid to throw away Foreign Service expertise in regular,
predetermined numbers just as those officials are making their
greatest contributions.
seeds from which those foreign policies
should grow.
Modest Support
Our innovative, impatient, ebullient
country can well afford to continue the
employment of senior career Foreign
Service officials who have, through long
experience, developed understanding
of the views of other governments and
their people, views that often differ
from ours.
It is stupid to throw away such
expertise in regular, predetermined
numbers just as those officials are mak-
ing their greatest contributions. Ameri-
can foreign policy lurches enough as it
is. We must not deprive it of even this
modest support.
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