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

Thursday, September 16, 2010

FUUO's Shallow Thoughts edition #1: State vs DOD

Quick thought by FUUO:
I always wonder about the touted disconnect between State and DOD.  It strikes me as odd because there seems to be so many people that work at State that are prior military (at least in the regional bureaus).   And I personally haven't had much of a problem connecting. 
   The only real difference that I have noticed is that they sit anywhere they want at the table during a meeting...if a peon gets there first, he will go ahead and sit front and center.  No matter how many meetings I go to, it always surprises me...

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