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  1. Nov 1, 2007 #1


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    Rice is trying to quell a near revolution among State Department employees that don't want to be stationed in Iraq: Iraq postings are mandatory, Rice tells staff

    Two things come to mind:

    1) These guys all signed an agreement to "carry out the policies of the government and be available to serve anywhere in the world". It isn't exactly as binding an agreement as military members have to sign. State Department employees can choose to quit if they don't want to go on a 'mandatory' assignment. That's the same choice military members have, except military members only get the choice once every four years if the military hasn't implemented stop loss and forced them to stay in.

    2) While the State Department has the right to deploy people to Iraq regardless of their personal wishes, it also means the State Department is going to face the same problems the military is facing. They'll gut the core of their force as experienced people choose to leave the State Department rather than face a tour of duty in a war zone. We're doing more than just gutting our military. The gutting is starting to extend to the other branches of government.

    On the other hand, for those of you looking for some adventure and a chance to help establish democracy in Iraq, have I got an offer for you (who wants to guess the next career move for 'Jeff' in the Doonesbury strip):
    http://www.careers.state.gov/iraq-jobs/index.html [Broken]

    Dream Job: Diplomat
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  3. Nov 5, 2007 #2
    All part or the Great decider's evil plan.
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