Friday's Washington Post contained an article on the Democrats' response to President Bush's State of the Union address. Included in their response is a call to expand the Foreign Service.
"[Senate Majority Leader Harry] Reid also called on Bush to announce plans Monday night to "expand our Foreign Service, our Peace Corps and our funding for international development." He noted that U.S. Foreign Service officers stationed around the world number "just 7,000, or about the size of the crew of just one United States aircraft carrier." He also said Bush's 2002 pledge to double the size of the Peace Corps to 15,000 "remains unfulfilled." The corps today is about 8,000 strong, "barely larger" than it was six years ago, Reid said."
We need it. Now more than ever.