The Foreign Service has been in an uproar since an announcement last month that diplomats will be drafted to assignments in Iraq if enough diplomats do not volunteer.
At the Oct. 31 town hall meeting, hundreds of diplomats applauded when one likened a forced tour in Iraq to a “potential death sentence.” Some at the session questioned the ethics of ordering unarmed civilians into a war zone and expressed concerns about a lack of training and medical care for those who have served….
Three foreign service personnel — two diplomatic security agents and one political officer — have been killed in Iraq since the war began in March 2003.
The discussion on Dipnote, the official blog, has turned nasty, with those questioning the policy being called “wimps and weenies”.
These are diplomats. You know, the ones we depend on to keep peace in the world by their diplomatic behavior.