En­voys balk at Iraq ser­vice . . . 24

The Washington Times Weekly - - Page Two -

The grow­ing pres­sure on State De­part­ment per­son­nel to serve in Iraq, which cul­mi­nated in Sec­re­tary of State Con­doleezza Rice’s de­ci­sion to re­sort to forced as­sign­ments, has po­lar­ized the For­eign Ser­vice to a level not seen in decades, U.S. diplo­mats say. Some of them said the Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion is strain­ing the world’s largest diplo­matic corps in sup­port of an al­most im­pos­si­ble mis­sion. Oth­ers ac­cuse their col­leagues of whin­ing and not liv­ing up to the oath they took to serve their coun­try.

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