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Oops: State Department Forgets
About Iraq in Internal Newsletter

ABC News, by Ali Weinberg

Original Article

Posted By:Pluperfect, 6/20/2014 4:27:09 AM

A weekly State Department bulletin that gets emailed to Capitol Hill staffers is striking some as tone deaf. During a week in which Iraq is quickly descending into another war, most of Secretary of State John Kerry’s work highlighted in the newsletter has nothing to do with that country — or any of the other diplomatic hot spots around the world. The one-page “State Department On The Hill” features a photo of Kerry at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence next to a stock image of colorful fish swimming in bright blue water, meant to highlight Kerry’s two-day “Our Oceans” summit.

      


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A weekly State Department bulletin that gets emailed to Capitol Hill staffers is striking some as tone deaf. During a week in which Iraq is quickly descending into another war, most of Secretary of State John Kerry’s work highlighted in the newsletter has nothing to do with that country — or any of the other diplomatic hot spots around the world. The one-page “State Department On The Hill” features a photo of Kerry at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence next to a stock image of colorful fish swimming in bright blue water, meant to highlight Kerry’s two-day “Our Oceans” summit.

   

 

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