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  •  They aren't a sham. They do diplomatic work (1+ / 0-)
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    pelagicray

    By the same token, like every other country in the world, they also include some intelligence personnel.  This is not some dirty little secret of the United States.  They is how business is done across the world for all countries.  

    •  The basic ignorance here, on a site of people in (0+ / 0-)

      to politics, government and international affairs, is astounding. It is as if how laws pass, the workings of our constitutional system, every aspect of our government were "highly classified" and unobtainable by average citizens. At least it is more excusable here than in sitting Congress members, but then look at where they are coming from now and who votes for them. These are not secrets. Every citizen should have a fair idea of how things work.

      People here and apparently Congress wonder why we didn't have a strong force of U.S. Marines. Lemme see. China and Pakistan, the later with some reality based fears about our brand of Muslim hater, notify us they are sending a combat armed company or two of their finest combat troops to Washington or the San Francisco consulate so that they can blast anyone they find to be a threat to their sovereign diplomatic grounds. Response?

      Diplomatic stations gather, as well as sometimes share intelligence, on host countries. Wanna bet the Swiss don't have people poking around trying to find out what may be happening on our policies about "secret" bank accounts? I would not. It is like expecting a table of poker players not to be very alert and trying to scope out tells and what hands the others have—and you'd better believe anyone but closest buddy poker players finding they can see something about a hand someone else holds in a reflection in a glass wouldn't cast glances that way.

      FYI State has its own intel group, the Bureau of Intelligence and Research that used to be highly regarded.

      The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

      by pelagicray on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 02:39:42 PM PST

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