So often we discuss the stupidity, cupidity, and outright dumbness encountered in the public sphere on a daily basis. Let’s take today to salute a different sort of “our toops on the ground”. There is no Memorial Day nor Veterans Day for these gals and guys – they are the reral “silent service” with a gregarious streak.
So we have to, for some hours, pass on discussing that unemployment rose to 9.8% and threw the Obama economy into a deeper ditch. We’ll have to clothespin our noses to Barack Obama, Slurpee in hand, tail between legs, publicity stunt run away from his disaster economy and to Afghanistan to annoy the troops. We’ll have to forgo acid comments about the man that refuses to work and prefers to hopscotch, along with his sleeveless scowling wife, to vacations and parties – Hawaii will be the next expensive jaunt.
We have to forgo discussion of the publicity stunts in the congress by Harry Reid and Nancy Pelousy and how Obama pretends he does not know all the Wall Streeters that so
donated invested to his campaign and the Rezko/Obama-style financing of his fellow Obama Dimocrats’ houses.
We have to forgo all those juicy steaks (“juicy peaches” to our vegetarian friends) in order to focus on Hillary Clinton and the American State Department. From Mark Landler in today’s New York Times:
“When American diplomats get together these days, there is lots of dark talk about the fallout from the sensational disclosure of secret diplomatic cables. Will angry foreign governments kick out ambassadors? Will spooked locals stop talking to their embassy contacts?
Behind all the public hand-wringing, however, there is another, more muted reaction: pride.”
“The WikiLeaks affair has turned an unaccustomed spotlight on the diplomatic corps — pinstriped authors who pour their hearts and minds into cables, which are filed to the State Department and, until now, were often barely read by desk officers, let alone senior diplomats.
Whatever damage the leaks may do, and nobody doubts it could be substantial, they have showcased the many roles of the Foreign Service officer in the field: part intelligence analyst, part schmoozer, part spy — and to judge by these often artful cables, part foreign correspondent.
The pride of authorship is shared by their boss, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who found a silver lining in the disclosures, even after she spent last week trying to smooth the feathers of foreign leaders described in the cables as feckless, profligate, vain, corrupt, or worse.
“What you see are diplomats doing the work of diplomacy: reporting and analyzing and providing information, solving problems, worrying about big complex challenges,” Mrs. Clinton said to reporters at the end of a four-country trip to Central Asia and the Persian Gulf that wound up being a contrition tour.
“In a way,” she said, “it should be reassuring, despite the occasional tidbit that is pulled out and unfortunately blown up.”
We’ll make this bipartisan praise for our diplomatic corps. Some of the great work leaked by the WikiLeaks megaLeak came from diplomats during the Condolezza Rice era (have we mentioned she is not one of our favorites?)
We’ll also stipulate, in passive voice diplo-speak, that “mistakes were made”. Landler notes that the Embassy in Georgia “relied so heavily on the Georgian government for intelligence that it badly misjudged the country’s actions in its war with Russia in 2008.”
“But the overall quality of the cables — their detail, analysis, and in some cases, laugh-out-loud humor — has won fans in unlikely places. “It’s very entertaining reading,” said Aigul Solovyeva, a member of Parliament in Kazakhstan who met Mrs. Clinton there this week.
Richard E. Hoagland, the ambassador to Kazakhstan, thinks good cable-writing is so essential that he has written a guide for junior diplomats, “Ambassador’s Cable Drafting Tips.” Many of the tips would be familiar to any cub reporter trying to get an editor to bite on a story.”
Hoagland’s “tips” should be read by JournoListers and Big Media to remind them of what they should be doing.
“The embassy in the Kazakhstan met many of Mr. Hoagland’s standards for cable-writing, even before he became ambassador there. Cables about Kazakhstan’s high-living leaders are written in a satirical tone worthy of Borat, the fictional (and wild) Kazakh played in the movie by Sacha Baron Cohen.
One described Kazakhstan’s defense minister turning up drunk for a meeting with an American official, “slouching back in his chair and slurring all kinds of Russian participles.” He explained that he had just been at a cadet graduation reception, “toasting Kazakhstan’s newly-commissioned officers.”
The memo concluded: “Who was toasted more — the defense minister or the cadets — is a matter of pure speculation.”
A 2006 cable from the embassy in Moscow showed that the staff there was also alert to the literary quality of the events on which their reported, and the value of telling details. The memo offered an account of a society wedding in Dagestan in Russia’s Caucasus, where guests threw $100 bills at child dancers and took alcohol-sodden water-scooter jaunts on the Caspian Sea. But it also showed how the wedding was a “microcosm of the social and political relations of the North Caucasus.”’
Only a hollowed out American cannot take pride in Hillary Clinton and the work done by many in the American diplomatic corps as she and they do diplomatic battle for America while hampered by Barack Obama and his thugs and Chicago quacks:
“For Mrs. Clinton, the pride in the diplomats’ work is a small compensation for a difficult week in which she has discussed the WikiLeaks case with more than two dozen foreign leaders, working to soothe bruised egos and explain how the security breach happened.
The job of damage control has fallen mainly to her. President Obama has not called any foreign leaders about the disclosures. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, meanwhile, has been reserved even though the cables were believed to be purloined from a Department of Defense computer system by an army private, Bradley Manning, who is now in a military jail.”
Hillary worked; Obama ducked and ran AWOL from America; and the Department of Defense took its cue from AWOL Obama instead of “manning up” and taking responsibility for their mess. Hillary, with testicular fortitude not evident in anyone in Obama’s Chicago gangland; Hillary with ovarian strength not seen since the Octomom produced her litter, took charge and slapped away:
“Mrs. Clinton’s reaction to shouldering the burden has been every bit as artful as the cables that have landed her in so much trouble.
“It was a DoD system, and a DoD obviously military intel guy,” she said. “But we’re part of one government, and we’re part of one country, and we have to work together, and that’s what we’re doing.”
Oh, Esther, er Hillary, that is a great diplomatic slap you gave there. Thank you for your service and thank you diplomatic corp for your services as well. We can’t wait until your last “public position” ends and elective office beckons.
Too bad hard working people have a boob in the White House. Americans in 2012 have to do right by the American government and purge the boob and boobery from the White House.