Using a phrase from her Senate confirmation hearings, Dr. Rice gave a broad outline of the sea change about to happen at the State Department.
In a speech at Georgetown University, reported by The Washington Times Insider, the Secretary of State outlined broad changes at Foggy Bottom:
|The United States will shift hundreds of its diplomats from Washington and Europe to emerging countries over the next few years as part of a broad reconfiguration of the Foreign Service and its mission… U.S. envoys would be asked to spend less time on traditional diplomacy -- monitoring political developments and talking to officials -- and more time traveling outside the capitals "to help foreign citizens better their own lives."|
|The United States has "nearly the same number of State Department personnel in Germany -- a country of 82 million people -- that we have in India -- a country of 1 billion people," she said. There are "nearly 200 cities worldwide with over 1 million people in which the United States has no formal diplomatic presence."|
We could call it "transformational compassionate diplomacy." Anything to annoy the French.