Today in Depressing Quotes (State Department Edition)
From a piece in The Atlantic (The State of Trump’s State Department) that is worth a read:
“I don’t think this administration thinks the State Department needs to exist. They think Jared [Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law] can do everything. It’s reminiscent of the developing countries where I’ve served. The family rules everything, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs knows nothing.”
Really, the entire piece is depressing, as it suggests rather strongly that our foreign policy is utterly rudderless at the moment. It also suggests that actual expert knowledge (an essential for foreign policy formulation) has no place in the Trump administration (this is, I allow, no shock at all).
As the piece notes, I have no problem with rational cuts and never assume that the size of a given organization is automatically correct. However, what is described in the piece is no rational assessment, but rather ignorant neglect.