Month: June 2018

  • Leaving the Foreign Service

    My Foreign Service career was not going well in Rome.  The embassy did not want me there.  There was a civil service employee in the State Department in Washington whom they wanted for the job.  I’m not sure why, but I think maybe the Ambassador or my predecessor who was forced to leave by the […]

  • Separation of Immigrant Mothers from Children

    Letter sent to Congressman and Senators: I am writing to alert you to an even bigger problem than the children of illegal immigrants who are being held in immigration child care facilities along the Mexican border.  This is the existence of a huge private child care industry spread across the entire United States, much like […]

  • Trump’s Foreign Policy

    David Brooks NYT column, “Donald Trump Is Not Playing by Your Rules,” is interesting, but gives Trump too much credit for thinking, or at least for having a basic idea that he is implementing.  It contrasts with Jeffrey Goldberg’s article in the Atlantic, “A Senior White House Official Defines the Trump Doctrine: ‘We’re America, Bitch,’”  […]