"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."
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Diplomat's Daily Quotable- 'A'
"If you're not at the table, you're on the menu."
This is such a true statement. Meetings/briefings can truly be torture at times, but if you aren't there to defend/direct the conversation you can be sure that you (or your office) will receive the majority of the tasking doled out as a result of the meeting.