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Gone native?

For years, I've heard it argued that the State Department is not really a part of the United States government. Its critics say that Foggy Bottom is pretty much independent of the rest of the government, a body unto itself that has its own agenda, its own rules, and ignores its statutory status as a subordinate to the Executive Branch in setting policy and taking action to suit its own ends. I thought that while there might be a modicum of truth there, it was exaggerated for political reasons.

Now, though, I'm starting to seriously consider that State's critics might be right.

First, there's this story that the State Department is seriously considering a plan to formally recognize Palestine as an actual, independent nation. I have a tremendous amount of skepticism about this, considering that the source is Arab News, but the notion that we will formally recognize a government dominated by two (duly elected) terrorist groups with the blood of hundreds of Americans on their hands strikes me as both tremendously repugnant and all-too-predictable.

This comes on the heels that the State Department is so obsessed with its own vision that it will not let any trace of reality interfere with it, even to the point of protecting those who kill them. The State Department has finally publicly released documents proving that it had incontrovertible evidence that American Ambassador to Sudan Cleo Noel and his aide, Curtis Moore, had been murdered on the direct orders of Yassir Arafat in 1973. But instead of passing along this information to the rest of the government (who really, really ought to know who is ordering and carrying out the murder of American government officials), they hid the information and protected Arafat and his fellow terrorists from facing justice for their crimes against us. And when Arafat rose to head of a quasi-state and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, they kept holding their tongues. Their commitment to their own "vision" was so absolute, they were willing to let the murder of their own fellow State Department officials and Americans go unanswered.

If ever there was a capital offense for a government agency, this has to be it. There needs to be a major purging of the Department of State, and Secretary Rice needs to either arrange it or be its most prominent victim. I have a tremendous amount of respect for her, but she needs to address this -- quickly and decisively -- or step aside and let someone else do what needs to be done.


Comments (12)

For years the State Dept. h... (Below threshold)

For years the State Dept. has been staffed with bureaucrats very sympathetic to Arab interests. I thought that the appointment of Condi Rice as SecState was George Bush's attempt to clean it up. But, alas, since her appointment to State, Rice has been parroting the standard pap about "cycles of violence" and the rest of the moral equivalency crapola of the State Dept. Arabists.

Apparently, restoring some kind of sanity to the State Department is not going to happen on W.'s watch.

Every seen a career State D... (Below threshold)
Mrs. Davis:

Every seen a career State Department employee in retirement? They don't live in poverty. Even compared to other Federal employees. Who pays for it? If we want the State Department to serve America, we're going to have to outbid the Arabs.

Ever wonder who pays James ... (Below threshold)
sam:

Ever wonder who pays James Baker, the latest anti-Semite with yet another "screw the jews" plan? Remember, he is one of the ex-State Department heads.

The United States Departmen... (Below threshold)
stan25:

The United States Department of State is littered with career diplomats who espouse the concept of a one world government, as envisioned by the Rockefellers and the Rothschilds. That is the main reason that Richard Nixon had to be moved out of the way and Gerald Ford put in as his replacement. Nixon refused to go along with what Kissinger wanted, so he had to go. Assassination would have been questioned so soon after the Kennedy Assassination.

Henry Kissinger was the principle architect of the coup that brought down the Nixon Presidency. Kissinger was the Seceratary of State and plotted along with Nelson Rockefeller and like minded people to do this. Gerald Ford was a participant in this coup as in such, he would appoint Nelson Rockefeller as Vice-President.

Jay writes;"...... (Below threshold)
John:

Jay writes;

"...the notion that we will formally recognize a government dominated by two (duly elected) terrorist groups with the blood of hundreds of Americans on their hands strikes me as both tremendously repugnant and all-too-predictable."

Well, of course we will formaly recognize them. It's a required part of the roadmap for peace. Do we expect that Palestine will forever remain under the occupation of the Israelies? You are suggesting that permanet occupation could lead to peace? The children of Israel know better than any other group in the world that you can kill a population, enslave it for generations, and they'll still fight for their freedom. The jews living in Masada held off the mighty roman empire for years for as long as they could, then killed themselves down to the last man, woman and child before they would surrender....

Palestine will have a negotiated settlement eventualy. There is no other choice.

We supported the elections in Palestine. We insisted they have a choice, but we didn't like the choice they made. They are free to make any choices they want, just so long as it's the one we want. Well.... Freedom doesn't work that way.

Of course we'll recognize a government with the blood of hundreds of Americans on their hands... We recognize Great Brittan. We recognize Germany. Italy. Japan. Vietnam. Mexico. Our First People from this land. Most of these countries are our great friends, trading partners and allies. They all have the blood of hundreds of us on their hands.

Everything, even a war, ultimatly comes down to a negotiated settlement. Might as well get cracking.

John

As far as I know, since the... (Below threshold)
robert the original:

As far as I know, since the 1980 mess, no true movies have been made about the drama of Alger Hiss, key advisor to FDR at YALTA and charter writer of the UN.

It is too good a story of McCarthyism, crazy paranoid Republicans, and the noble communists of Hollywood who stood up to them. We would be led to forget Kazan, who identified the members of his communist Hollywood cell, from which he had long resigned.

But since 1995 and the Venona releases - and defectors before and after the Soviet fall - we have known that Hiss was a soviet agent, a high ranking State Department employee, and later the key guy that set the UN on its present course.

What fun it must have been for uncle Joe Stalin
to have known exactly the secret positions of FDR and our side at that critical time.

There never has been an admission of this from foggy bottom, and lefties still argue the point. Indeed, State has had a fifty-year free run, lest the sledge hammer of McCarthyism again be brought to bear. Prevented also have been serious efforts to detect others who's loyalties might be in doubt.

Isn't it strange that so few know about this, while the press spends thousands of man-hours pouring over 40-year old Bush dental records? Wouldn't it be different, say, if Bush was found to have a communist agent for a top advisor?

And we wonder how State, the UN, and Hollywood turned out the way they did.

Everything, even a... (Below threshold)
Everything, even a war, ultimatly comes down to a negotiated settlement.

Uh, no. I believe the terms Gen. MacArthur issued to the Japanese to end WWII were, and I quote, "unconditional surrender".

Not much negotiating there.

The only "negotiations" we gave them came from our diplomats Fat Man and Little Boy.

Gee, that's really funny st... (Below threshold)
John:

Gee, that's really funny stuff. Yes, we became the only country in the world to have ever used nuclear weapons, and we used them against civilian, not military targets. 600,000 men, women, and children burned alive or dead from radiation poisioning.

It's a cute and flip response, but not correct. The "unconditional" surrender allowed for the continuation of the Japanese Emperor. Esssentialy, surrender, sign the papers, and you can stay in power. That is the essence of a negotiated settlement. You get something, I get something.

The US could have crippled the Japanese economy for generations, but instead helped rebuild it. They are now a great trading partner and supporter of our country.

I couldn't have picked a better example of a positive outcome for a negotiated settlement than Japan.... Thanks.

The "unconditional... (Below threshold)
marc:
The "unconditional" surrender allowed for the continuation of the Japanese Emperor. Esssentialy, surrender, sign the papers, and you can stay in power. That is the essence of a negotiated settlement. You get something, I get something. :: by John on December 31, 2006 4:05 PM ::
"Stay in power" is rather ambiguous in this case isn't it?

Fact of the matter is Japan's Emperor was stripped of all power by the new Constitution.

The "new Emperor" was paraded around Japan to meet the population he formerly kept under the weight of his foot.

He was made to wear the clothes of the "everyday" Japanese citizen during these exhibitions as a way to "humanize" him, vice appearing God-like as he had for so long.

In short he was humbled before his own citizenry.

John, your "negotiated sett... (Below threshold)
epador:

John, your "negotiated settlement" comment is so twisted I won't bother to try to unravel it. It's not even a knot, just a sad mess of soggy spaghetti.

JT, if you think the "secret" about Arafat is the first or second thing to make you second guess DOS, you need to pay closer attention. I believe the schism in CIA is one example. [Yes, I know they are separate entities, but the mindset and backgrounds of the players aren't]

Sometimes you get shot, hun... (Below threshold)
John:

Sometimes you get shot, hung, or you just off yourself...

The emperor's linage is still intact in control of their heriditary position, title and property.

Sure he had to give up something, but again, that's what happens in a negotation. Again, it was a negotiated settlement, which is my point.

Epador,If it makes... (Below threshold)
John:

Epador,

If it makes your head hurt to think, just let it be.




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