Using a phrase from her Senate confirmation hearings, Dr. Rice gave a broad outline of the sea change about to happen at the State Department.
In a speech at Georgetown University, reported by The Washington Times Insider, the Secretary of State outlined broad changes at Foggy Bottom:
|The United States will shift hundreds of its diplomats from Washington and Europe to emerging countries over the next few years as part of a broad reconfiguration of the Foreign Service and its mission… U.S. envoys would be asked to spend less time on traditional diplomacy — monitoring political developments and talking to officials — and more time traveling outside the capitals “to help foreign citizens better their own lives.”|
|The United States has “nearly the same number of State Department personnel in Germany — a country of 82 million people — that we have in India — a country of 1 billion people,” she said. There are “nearly 200 cities worldwide with over 1 million people in which the United States has no formal diplomatic presence.”|
Perhaps, Dr. Rice, we could begin with a more visible presence in the Ivory Coast? Ivorians could certainly use some of that transformational diplomacy now that the French have had their way with them.
We could call it “transformational compassionate diplomacy.” Anything to annoy the French.