Updated: Foreign service officers were screaming at the Director General's Town Hall meeting on Iraq staffing because they are being forced to serve in Iraq. Jack Crody was especially honest calling it a "death sentence" if they are forced to go. The State Dept. didn't even have the guts to tell them face to face. They read about it in the Washington Post.
Crody: Who will take care of our children? Who will raise our children if we're dead or seriously wounded?
I absolutely have no respect for the whole process because you've demonstrated a lack of respect for your own colleagues.
Thomas: Thank you for that comment. It's full of inaccuracies, but...that's OK.---Don't you or anybody else tell me the people in HR do not care about foreign service officers. I find that insulting.
Q: You may care, but you don't articulate it. You roll your eyes, but we have polled the foreign service. 12% of your foreign service believes that Secretary Condi Rice is fighting for them. 12%.
Thomas: That's their right, they're wrong.
Q: Sometimes if it's 88-12. Maybe the 88 % are correct.
Thomas: 88% of this country believed in slavery at one time, were they correct? (grumbling) So don't come here with that.
OMG, Harry Thomas used slavery to tell them to go f*&k themselves! Only in BushWorld. Condi then tells the Diplomats: "Iraq jobs must be filled"
More than 200 diplomats have been told they are in a pool of people who may be forced to go to Iraq to fill 48 positions for which no qualified candidates had volunteered.