More Winning – Foggy Bottom Begins Self-Draining as “Desperate” Career Diplomats Quit…

Oh, this is almost too much winning… almost.  A pearl-clutching op-ed in the New York Times declares the hurt sensibilities within the State Department are leading to multiple people quitting.

Specifically citing the different managerial strategy of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and the priorities of the entire Dept. of State mission being reset, the career bureaucrats are dropping like flies hitting the T-Rex zapper.

The entire Op-Ed reads like viewing an increasingly bright orb powered by the salty tears of globalists as they fret over the losses like the DoS directorate of global youth disability rights, and shrinkage within the department of international Geo-genitic gender advocacy.

(Via New York Times) […] Stephenson, a former ambassador to Panama, is not used to being manhandled at the State Department she has served with distinction for more than three decades. She had been inclined to give Tillerson the benefit of the doubt. Transitions between administrations are seldom smooth, and Tillerson is a Washington neophyte, unversed in diplomacy, an oilman trying to build a relationship with an erratic boss, President Trump.

Still, that shove captured the rudeness and remoteness that have undermined trust at Foggy Bottom. Stephenson began to understand the many distressed people coming to her “asking if their service is still valued.” The lack of communication between the secretary and the rest of the building has been deeply disturbing.

An exodus is underway. Those who have departed include Nancy McEldowney, the director of the Foreign Service Institute until she retired last month, who described to me “a toxic, troubled environment and organization”; Dana Shell Smith, the former ambassador to Qatar, who said what was most striking was the “complete and utter disdain for our expertise”; and Jake Walles, a former ambassador to Tunisia with some 35 years of experience. “There’s just a slow unraveling of the institution,” he told me.

[…]  a push to eliminate some 2,300 jobs; the vacancy of many senior posts, including 20 of the 22 assistant secretary positions requiring Senate confirmation; unfilled ambassadorships — roughly 30 percent of the total — from Paris to New Delhi; and the brushoff of the department’s input in interagency debate and in pivotal decisions, like withdrawal from the Paris climate accord. Days are now marked by resignations, unanswered messages and idled capacity.

The reasons for this dismemberment are unclear. Is it punishment for Hillary Clinton’s department? Or an extreme iteration of the “deconstruction of the administrative state” sought by Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon? Does it reflect the priorities of Trump’s base or White House suspicion of the “deep state” or the president’s love of generals? All these factors appear to play a part.  (read more)

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334 Responses to More Winning – Foggy Bottom Begins Self-Draining as “Desperate” Career Diplomats Quit…

  1. Eliza says:

    The pure cheekiness of the article is intolerable!Globalist values ARE NOT AMERICAN VALUES! And if they are so great, then why did the Middle East descend into a cauldron of death destruction & despair? Things are improving in the Middle East, not getting worse, Russia, China, & North Korea were also provocative during Obama’s time in office w/ Hillary & then Kerry at the helm. What good did they do? They just bloated the department w/ socialist values & social justice values that are the antithesis of our Constitutional Republic. Just so sick of the blatant disinformation propaganda ALWAYS COMING FROM THE LYING #FakeNews MSM WHORES!

    Liked by 12 people

  2. Lucille says:

    May the little dears just keep running their mouths as well as their feet and hoof their way out of the diplomatic corps ASAP…

    Liked by 12 people

    • bobalexander1950 says:

      But, but…What kind of productive work are they capable of providing in the private sector???

      Liked by 2 people

      • USMCLt says:

        They will all go to work for liberal think tanks. But wait, nobody cares what liberals think anymore. Ummm, Peace Corps???

        Liked by 1 person

        • RG says:

          Now I am clutching my rhinestones and fake diamonds at the thought of liberals becoming even more present in the lives of our children….can’t let that happen. Unfortunately there is a REAL shortage of teachers almost everywhere. Perhaps they will end up in the nations classrooms as teachers…but, I did think that those jobs are already reserved for those who are no longer needed at the college level.

          I also have noticed that advocates for the elderly are also in short supply. All over America, old people who have worthless families and some not so worthless are being cared for at home by addicts and mentally ill relatives. All this because the kids fell into drugs or didn’t take the right drugs. Elderly advocacy….that means they will at least get to mark the elder’s absentee ballots on election day and take their oxycodone when no one else is looking.

          Forgive my sarcasm this morning, but I really don’t give a rat’s rear end where they end up. If they must re-enter our workforce, verify their current political beliefs before letting them near our most vulnerable populations.

          Liked by 4 people

        • mo says:

          Maybe pumping gas will come back in vogue.


      • lawrence says:

        They will retire on a cushy pension courtesy of the overworked taxpayers.


  3. rainy973 says:

    Buh bye.

    Liked by 5 people

  4. Johnny Bravo says:

    Nice to see so many educated, experienced and patriotic lifetime servants putting their country first by resigning!

    Liked by 10 people

  5. impala says:

    THIS is exactly what needs to happen – what do you do when the toilet has unwanted substances in it – flush the dirty water and replace it with clean..Looks to me like a whole lot of brown stuff is being flushed to be replaced by people totally devoid of socialistic values – and so it should be..

    Liked by 6 people

    • Bruce Fauth says:

      A whole lot of them can be replaced by nothing; some by even less. We’re better (and less in debt) without them.

      Liked by 2 people

    • unconqueredone says:

      Once a plumber is done with a backed-up toiled there is a lot less in it and it’s clean. Not all of it need be replaced, nor does it work properly if it is all replaced.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. JoAnn Leichliter says:

    If they’re looking for sympathy, as thev saying goes, it’s in in the dictionary somewhere between–two rude words.


  7. vexedmi says:

    “An exodus is underway”
    “Eliminate some 2,300 jobs.”, “The vacancy of many senior posts.” AKA “Winning!”

    “A toxic, troubled environment and organization.”, “Complete and utter disdain for our expertize.”, and “The slow unraveling of the institution.” AKA “Sore Losers.”

    Liked by 4 people

  8. shirley49 says:

    The majority of them have been having a great time for many years on our dime. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

    Liked by 5 people

  9. southernsue says:

    they are quitting because they know the shit is going to hit the fan and when it does some of these people are going to go to jail

    quit or be fired or go to jail

    Liked by 4 people

  10. Lburg says:

    Apparently, Mr. Cohen hasn’t worked much in the private sector, has no experience in actual strategic planning, and is so enamored of his own wizard-of-smartness that he forgot to actually understand what he wrote. Had he taken a moment or two and absorbed his own ‘reporting’ he would have moved on to a different topic. Actually, had he done any research whatsoever he would have written a much different article.

    Back in February T-Rex said to DoS employees: “Change for the sake of the sake of change can be counterproductive and that will never be my approach. But we cannot sustain ineffective traditions over optimal outcomes,” he said.

    And now, when a desperate employee asks for direction, T-Rex says, “It’s very simple. End terrorism. End radicalization. Deal with China.”

    Easy peasy, Mr. Cohen. T-Rex has a mission and it WILL be fulfilled; the salty tears of career employees who don’t possess the energy, skills or heart to contribute to its success won’t keep that mission from being accomplished.

    Liked by 7 people

  11. maiingankwe says:

    Now that was bloody hilarious! Thoroughly enjoyed reading it and will do so again when I know I need a good pick up and laugh.

    At least a few were bloody honest with what was going on. For instance, “complete and utter disdain for our expertise.” Darn skippy!

    Or, “…pivotal positions like on the Paris Accord Agreements.” Too funny.

    I just woke up at 3am with a bad neck, but I have to tell ya, laughter is the best medicine. I’m feeling much better now even if it still hurts. Life is good.

    Again, thank you ever so much for this fabulous and hilarious article, it was greatly appreciated.
    Be well,

    Liked by 5 people

    • annilinn says:

      Ma’iingankwe….feel bad for you with a sore neck…..have had a sore back (from a 130 lb. dog, I was babysitting)….feeling a lot better today. But you are so right, even when life hurts, it’s good. Get better ,anni

      Liked by 1 person

  12. Ken Watson says:

    Saves us a bunch of severance pay, right? No, darling, your ‘service’ is NOT valued. Best try the private sector. Or a private island. Or a private hell. Whatevs. Watch that screen door.

    Liked by 3 people

  13. Brenda copely says:

    Never has it been so obvious that change was necessary at the State Department than when Clinton and Kerry ran it. Clinton operated for her own benefit and the Clinton Foundation with utter disregard for the best interests of America and Americans and Kerry brokered a nuclear deal with Iran against the best interests of America and Americans. The fish rots from the head down and it’s time some of these ROTTING LIFERS ARE AMPUTATED FROM THE FISH.

    Liked by 2 people

  14. itsy_bitsy says:

    The toxicity of the State Department under Obama was something most Americans can never grasp. If Tillerson can rid us of most of these traitorous rats then I salute him. The last 25 years or so has seen an incredible deterioration in the caliber of those hired to handle some of the most important jobs in our government, and a C change is desperately needed there and in most other departments of government. The Marxists (progressives, etc..) must be weeded out carefully and then chopped off with a sharp hatchet. If a story is coming out of the NYT’s and it is sympathetic about someone or some group that is being removed, then I know Tillerson is doing the right thing.

    Liked by 5 people

  15. Patriot1 says:

    The entire world is at war with each other and these State Department people are touting their diplomacy skills? Unbelievable!

    The country wouldn’t miss any of these self righteous people.

    Liked by 6 people

  16. HarleyRose says:

    “…complete and utter disdain for our expertise.”
    Yes! That sums it up quite nicely! I suspect the truth lies a little closer to having their grifting channels cut off.
    Haha! T-Rex telling them they are no longer needed abroad and to just sit in their offices and think about what they’ve done in ‘service to our nation’ over the years.
    Like rats jumping from the flaming DC Establishment Titanic!

    Liked by 3 people

  17. HarleyRose says:

    “…complete and utter disdain for our expertise.”
    Yes! That sums it up quite nicely! I suspect the truth lies a little closer to having their grifting channels cut off.
    Haha! T-Rex telling them they are no longer needed abroad and to just sit in their offices and think about what they’ve done in ‘service to our nation’ over the years.
    Like rats jumping from the flaming DC Establishment Titanic!


  18. LivLovely101 says:

    After years of telling us Benghazi was a big nothing burger and Stevens “knew the risks of the job”, this Times writer decides to use him as an example of how great and honorable State Dept employees truly are….unbelievable.

    Liked by 2 people

  19. LivLovely101 says:

    After years of telling us Benghazi was a big nothing burger and Stevens “knew the risks of the job”, this Times writer decides to use him as an example of how great and honorable State Dept employees truly are….unbelievable.


  20. It is a part of being a federal employee, that every so often, the WH changes hands, and one must suck it up and continue working for an administration that you don’t necessarily like or agree with.

    There is more going on here, WaPo just doesn’t want to print the truth. These people are NOT giving up six figure salaries and five weeks vacation a year for their “principles”.

    They are leaving rather than face charges, is my guess.

    Liked by 2 people

  21. Rick says:

    “Expertise?” More like bumbling idiots to go from being the strongest country in the world, to the laughing stock that we became under Obama, Clinton,and Kerry.

    Liked by 1 person

  22. deanbrh says:

    Sundance, I do believe you have topped all the other BEST articles you’ve ever written! I’m still laughing and must go back and read it again. if I had a fortune, I swear i would give you half. But I WILL hit the Donate button today and hope everyone else will join me so my pittance looks bigger!


  23. Atomic Betty says:

    Yeah, whatever…just pack your sh!t.


  24. Sam says:

    Deadwood clearing itself out. Too many State employees went native fighting for the countries they covered rather than the one they are citizens of – the USA.

    World’s smallest violin indeed!

    Liked by 1 person

  25. yy4u says:

    I hope the Chinese are building Arks because if PDJT manages to pull the plug on the DC swamp, the flood that will come out the other side of the earth will make Noah’s flood look like a child’s wading pool.


  26. heldnmut says:

    Tillerson “unversed in diplomacy.” LOL! I guess he just stumbled his way through international negotiations while leading a very successful & profitable global corporation! These over-educated idiots are clueless about real life!

    Liked by 1 person

  27. LibertyVibe says:

    Has anyone heard the rumor that T-rex is leaving and going to be replaced by Nikki Haley? Let’s hope it is only a rumor. I can’t stand that woman.


  28. dayallaxeded says:

    I guess the left has forgotten that basically all DoS/ambassadorship appointments were and have almost always been used as patronage plums or means of exiling dangerous “friends” (like Nixon, sending Poppy Bush to China). The only person in memory who was appointed in the usual honorific way, but actually did a great job was the late, great Shirley Temple Black. In short, this “jewel” of a DoS is no jewel and those who are leaving are not only no loss, but a net gain by being gone. More will no doubt need to be fired, but this is a fine start.

    Liked by 1 person

  29. maggiemoowho says:

    Does anyone remember the State Department employees who where caught photographing Rex Tillerson’s notes at his confirmation hearing. Many thought the woman(Emily Eng) who took the photos, was a reporter. Hopefully those sneaky people are gone, they all looked to be up to no good.


  30. deanbrh says:

    I promised to give a link to a great article on censorship, written by our own Wolf Moon1776, in case you think your wonky internet connection is intentional;


  31. Breitbadger says:

    “Complete and utter disdain for our expertise.”
    You mean the expertise that led to a global immolation? Where do these people get off thinking they can walk around as if they have not failed on such an epic proportion it’s almost unheard of(aside from the pre civil war generation).


  32. AmericaBeautiful says:

    If you want to be sick, read the statements of these snowflakes we’ve been conned into paying for at the State Department.
    BIG sigh of relief when their positions are discontinued:

    Liked by 1 person

  33. BebeTarget says:

    How interesting these paragons of Constitutional virtue selected International Workers Day, the day Socialists honor their workers, to honor past State employees. Why not. . . . the Deep State has more in common with them than they do with POTUS’ administration, his supporters and The Constitution. The Deep State tells us OUR values are “not who we are” . . . well, it is OUR turn to tell them “Your values are not who we are.”
    What a way to start the week! Dreams we never thought possible are coming true. And the thought of honest, American patriots in the State Department does more for heart health than any meds. Glad to be rid of people who are incapable of recognizing the value and worth of exceptional men and women because of the political blinders they wear. They and their MSM cheerleaders are the impediments of MAGA . . . . they had their day in the sun and are still incapable of seeing the damage they have done. Good riddance!


  34. 6x47 says:

    Swamp critters self-deporting? Nice!

    Liked by 1 person

  35. jonvil says:

    Why is it that when a liberal uses the term ‘expertise’, ignorance, inability, incompetence, ineptness, stupidity…are the terms I see?


  36. Robert says:

    Most millennials are gone to the dark side( democrat). They will never get it. The Z generation are the one’s getting it. Being mad about the State Dept. suspending internship programs, is enough to drive the spoiled millennial ppl to the dark side. Geez… I’d tell them to take the silver spoon out of their ass, wipe it off and go hock it for some loot. Take that loot as start up capitol for a business venture and go and get your damn hands dirty… and scene.


  37. zaq123 says:

    Having seen, listened and worked with these people firsthand, in Iraq, they’re leaving because they know the gravy train is over. They know that no longer are their jobs going to be about going to other embassies and getting drunk or having other diplomats, over to their place to get drunk. No longer will they be able to create, Deputy Assistant to the Undersecretary of the Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Missions Assistant for Cultural Awareness for Afghan Girls Under 10 years old, jobs for their buddies.
    Now they’ll actually have to earn their paychecks and promote an agenda that absolutely none of the Globalist, Socialist, Progressive, Liberal, Communist, Hippie members of the US Dept of State agree with.


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