If you needed more evidence that those in power have no respect for the Foreign Service, just check out this article:
Prisoner? No, Your Honor, I’d Rather Be a Diplomat
Yes, you read that correctly.
It seems that former NY state senator Vincent L. Leibell III, pleaded guilty in December to corruption charges, is going to be sentenced in two weeks, and prosecutors want him to spend two years in prison.
Leibell (R - Putnam Co.) has a better idea.
He wants to be a diplomat, maybe someplace like Iraq or Libya.
He of course has no experience and doesn't speak any of the languages used there, but then again, maybe he thinks his corruption experience would help him deal with any corrupt officials he met with.
Oh, and then he'd like to get a Master's in Diplomacy.
Even Leibell’s successor in the Senate, former Air Force officer Gregory R. Ball, a former Air Force officer, doesn't get it. He called the proposal a “slap in the face to all troops.”
No, it isn't.
It is a slap in the face to all diplomats.