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"The Country He Served"
National Review, by Mark Steyn

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Posted By:Judy W., 9/29/2012 7:56:42 AM

My weekend column muses on the glorious future foreseen by Obama’s speech to the General Assembly. But I’ve also been struck by the following passage on the late Chris Stevens, mysteriously asphyxiated by a spontaneous class-action movie review, as every government official from the Commander-in-Chief to his UN Ambassador has so persuasively argued. Last week, the President paid tribute to Stevens thus: (Snip) Chris Stevens loved his work. He took pride in the country he served, and he saw dignity in the people that he met. What does that phrase “the country he served” mean?

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: vwlarry, 9/29/2012 8:16:29 AM     (No. 8897903)

Mark skipped dipping his pen in his usual bit of sugar, and instead chose acid today. Rightly so, too.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Grambo, 9/29/2012 8:17:32 AM     (No. 8897905)

Obama is a transnationalist and not an American.In fact, he doesn't believe that America, among nations, is a very good world citizen.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Robinsolana, 9/29/2012 8:26:22 AM     (No. 8897915)

Obama is the post-American President.
Marx knows no borders.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: JAN, 9/29/2012 8:33:08 AM     (No. 8897922)

The mindset of the State Department has always been to serve the country where they are assigned and not serving AMERICA.

For the most part, the denizens of the State Department despise America.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: trapper, 9/29/2012 9:38:54 AM     (No. 8898028)

Well done, Mr. Steyn. It is clear from the context that the phrase "the country he served" was INTENDED to refer to Libya. Going "native" has always been a professional pitfall in the foreign services. While it might be overlooked or even joked about with the political donor who is appointed ambassador to Zumbagumbaland and later shows up back in America wearing a grass skirt and pooky beads, among the professionals it has always been a career ender. Forgetting who you work for. The Obama administration has once again institutionalized professional failure.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: lonestarm3, 9/29/2012 10:05:09 AM     (No. 8898087)

Steyn touches upon a central fact of American foreign policy problems -

The US Department of State is, and has for at least a half century been, a nest of vipers.

Even the relatively few holders of the office of Secretary of State who have not been openly and obviously anti-US and pro-UN since the end of WWII have all been mocked by their career underlings in the department as "temporary help."

Headed by anti-american pro-UN globalists, staffed by a horde of career diplomatic teeny-boppers living out their leftist university dorm room fantasies in the real world, scattered around the world (on taxpayer paid expense accounts) at posts headed by major contributors to the president who appointed them despite their total lack of qualification....what should we expect?






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Reply 7 - Posted by: Eheu Fugaces, 9/29/2012 11:03:55 AM     (No. 8898248)

Good catch by Mark Steyn. Many others (including Schultz and Weinberger) have commented for years about the effect of the sappy Leftist internationalists who have steadily infiltrated our foreign policy apparatus for the last eighty years. These earnest, sentimental idiots believe their mission is to represent the interests of the countries they are assigned to and explain them to the ignorant savages of the USA -- rather than the reverse, as sensible people would think.

As a graduate of Berkeley and the Peace Corps, and an appointee to an ambassadorship by this Administration, it looks suspiciously as if poor Chris Stevens was himself a foreign policy progressive, who died a martyr to the sort of belief he espoused. One could say he was ultimately martyred by his own fellow Leftists in the Administration, with the Al Qaeda terrorist they released from Gitmo and his ragtag gang of thugs the instrument. No wonder these turkeys are embarrassed and incoherent.

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