FAO Quotables

"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist."
-Anne Applebaum

Friday, June 11, 2010

Diplomat's Dictionary Daily Quotable- Bureaucrats

Diplomat's Dictionary Daily Quotable- B

Two quotes for today going into the weekend:

*Bureaucrats, caution of:  "There are old bureaucrats and there are bold bureaucrats, but there are no old, bold bureaucrats."   -U.S. Department of State Saying

*Bureaucrat's credo: "(1) When in charge, ponder. (2) When in trouble, delegate. (3) When in doubt, mumble."     -James H. Boren

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