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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 10:21 AM
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State Department Weenies Do Have a Point
By Jeff Stein, CQ National Security Editor

The Marines like to boast that they never leave their wounded behind.

You wont hear that line at the State Department these days.

Thats because of Foggy Bottoms dirty little secret: Its bureaucrats cant be counted on to take care of their own casualties of war.

And thats why, say the foreign services defenders, State Department employees are wary of going to Iraq: Unlike soldiers, they cant count on a safety net if theyre hurt.

Wrecked physically and mentally from terrorist attacks or duty in combat zones, State Department employees from senior diplomats on down to foreign aid workers say they have too often had to fend for themselves when they were hurt.

The idea of being killed or injured is real, says Frank Pressley, who was badly wounded during a terrorist attack on the U.S. embassy in Nairobi in 1998, and if you are injured, you had better believe that you will be forgotten by the very employer that asked and needed your help.

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