When should U.S. risk diplomats' lives?

  • Article by: James F. Jeffrey , Special to the Washington Post
  • Updated: January 27, 2013 - 11:50 AM

Guidelines from a former ambassador.

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hobie2Jan. 27, 13 1:35 AM

It is known and accepted in the diplomatic community, and listed in the duties, that the safety of the embassy and consular personnel are the responsibility of the ambassador, and of the host country... Sorry to ruin your Obama-bashing day with facts.

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alansonJan. 27, 13 1:11 PM

"Expeditionary" - a word used to describe the activities of an imperialist nation to support and extend its control over other sovereign peoples. Goes right along with the USAF doctrine ("Global Power Global Reach"), the USN doctrine ("Forward from the Sea"), and the USMC doctrine ("Operational Maneuver from the Sea"). It's nice to sea that our governmental departments are all willing, if not able, to interfere in the affairs of other nations, all around the world. Dead diplomats are merely collateral damage in this overall effort. Just ask Secretary Clinton.

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simplicity1Jan. 28, 1312:02 AM

Risk: When they didn't give the presidential political machine enough money to be assigned to a safe country... or when they were really a CIA agent doing his typical thing?

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carlbsJan. 28, 13 4:45 PM

You have to ask yourself why the GOP didn't listen to experienced foreign service professionals like this guy before they attempted to blow Benghazi into something it wasn't. But I guess if you are grasping at straws and this is the only thing you got, the GOP will politicize almost anything. Seriously, these guy's dragging Hillary Clinton into a Congressional inquiry while we still have a zillion questions regarding 911 and the "buildup" to the war in Iraq? Has it gotten to the point where all GOP legislaters are Tom Delay types? Zero integrity or honesty. Contrast that to Hillary who has tirelessly served this Country to the extent of her abilities -- which are considerable. We need to send them home (or to prison like T. Delay) with pacifiers in their mouths.

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