Envoys balk at Iraq service . . . 24
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.