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18

DECEMBER 2015

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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

“Our Diplomats Must

Continue Representing

Us in Dangerous

Places…”

O

n Oct. 22, in an appearance before

the House Select Committee on

Benghazi, former Secretary of State Hillary

RodhamClinton took the opportunity to reflect on the critical role of diplomacy an

d

diplomats in national security.

The tragic Sept. 11, 2012, incident has

been investigated by seven congressional

committees and a nonpartisan Account-

ability Review Board, in addition to U.S.

law enforcement agencies.

In her opening statement, Clinton said

she was appearing to honor the service of

Daniel Pearl Music Days Event at State

O

n Oct. 19, a musical performance was held at the State Department in honor of

the

14th annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days

. Two State Department “house

bands” played for a small crowd in the Dean Acheson Auditorium: the Lost Agency

Ramblers and the T-Tones.

The

Music Days’ events

are held

each October as “Harmony for

Humanity” concerts in memory of

Wall Street Journal

reporter Dan-

iel Pearl, who was kidnapped and

murdered by extremists in Karachi in

2002. Friends and family formed the

Daniel Pearl Foundation in 2002 to

“promote cross-cultural understand-

ing through journalism, music and innovative communications.”

The Lost Agency Ramblers call themselves “a loose confederation of current and

former denizens of State’s public diplomacy bureaus who gather at noon on Fridays

to have fun making music.” For the last eight years, they have dedicated their weekly

sessions to the memory and music of Daniel Pearl.

Ahead of the Oct. 19 gig, the band warned: “Your presence at this event might be

construed as membership in the Ramblers.”This band absolutely has fun playing

music together.

T-Tones is the choral ensemble that originated in the U.S. Arms Control and

Disarmament Agency in the mid-1990s before the agency was absorbed by the State

Department as the new “T Bureau” for Arms Control and International Security.

—Shawn Dorman, Editor

the four Americans who died that day—

Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith,

Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods.

“As Secretary of State, I had the honor

to lead and the responsibility to support

nearly 70,000 diplomats and development

experts across the globe,” Clinton stated. “I

knew and admired Chris Stevens. He was

one of our nation’s most accomplished

diplomats. … Losing any one of them, as

we did in Iraq, Afghanistan, Mexico, Haiti

and Libya during my tenure, was deeply

painful for our entire State Department

and USAID family, and for me personally.”

Clinton offered several lessons from

the Benghazi tragedy. “First, America

must lead in a dangerous world, and our

diplomats must continue representing

us in dangerous places,” she said. “Chris

Stevens understood that diplomats must

operate inmany places where our soldiers

do not, where there are no other boots on

the ground, and safety is far from guaran-

teed. In fact, he volunteered for just those

assignments.”

“Make nomistake, the risks are real,”

she added. “Terrorists have killedmore

than 65 American diplomatic personnel

since the 1970s andmore than a hundred

contractors and locally employed staff.

Since 2001, there have beenmore than 100

attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities around

the world. But if you ask our most experi-

enced ambassadors, they’ll tell you they

can’t do their jobs for us frombunkers.”

“Retreat from the world is not an

option,” Clinton stated. “We need creative,

confident leadership that harnesses all of

America’s strengths and values. Leadership

that integrates and balances the tools of

diplomacy, development and defense.” …

Second, Clinton observed, “We have

a responsibility to provide our diplomats

with the resources and support they need

to do their jobs as safely and effectively as

possible.”

Finally, Clinton evoked the long history

of bipartisan cooperation on foreign policy

and national security in America. “Not that

we always agree—far from it—but we do

come together when it counts,” she said.

n

—Susan Brady Maitra,

Managing Editor

The Lost Agency Ramblers play at the State

Department, Oct. 19.

AFSA/SHAWN DORMAN

Chris Stevens understood

that diplomats must operate

in many places where our

soldiers do not, where there

are no other boots on the

ground, and safety is far

from guaranteed.