Friday, November 02, 2007

More Info on Directed Assignments

Here's a link to a News Hour transcript about the directed assignments to Iraq (text/audio).

Ambassador Krajeski is my class' mentor. He's a great guy, and i've really enjoyed getting to know him over the past few weeks. He actually came back early from his trip to Iraq last week to come to our Flag Day. Today, he spoke to us during our wrap up day at A-100, and he was a wreck. Don't believe the media accounts of Ambassador Thomas and, to a lesser extent, Ambassador Krajeski as heartless apparatchiks. This is a difficult decision for these officers - who are still in the regular Foreign Service - to make about their colleagues and themselves. We'll see how it shakes out. This is an interesting time to have joined up.

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