" I would not want that sort out here with me anyway"
John Matel, a career Foreign Service Officer currently serving as the team leader of the Provincial Reconstruction Team embedded in Al Asad, Al Anbar Province writes about directed assignments in Dipnote, the official State Department blog.
I just finished reading a news article discussing some of my FSO colleagues' vehement and emotional response to the idea that a few of us might have directed assignments in Iraq . To my vexed and overwrought colleagues, I say take a deep breath and calm down. I have been here for a while now, and you may have been misinformed about life at a PRT. ...
Calling Iraq a death sentence is just way over the top. I volunteered to come here aware of the risks but confident that I will come safely home, as do the vast majority of soldiers and Marines, who have a lot riskier jobs than we FSOs do.
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