2008: The Way We Were in Bullet Points

  • Foggy Bottom tweet show

  • Multiconfessional democracy

  • Popularity contest

  • Stand the test of time

  • Iraqi Tax

  • War Supplemental

  • Stretched

  • Unfunded mandates

  • Stepping up to the plate

  • Forward deployed

  • Tired old quotes

  • Prime candidate

  • Expeditionary

  • Directed assignment

  • Global Repositioning

  • Transformational Diplomacy

  • Quote/Unquote
    aka: air quotes

Can it be that the world is self-selecting then?
Or has time transformed every mind?
If we had the chance to do it all again
Tell me, would we? could we? should we?

\~/ Stay safe, have fun, I’ll see you next year!

Insider Quote: What We Need to Know

Wretchedness is a good teacher, though, and gradually something happened. When Ahmed, the impoverished student cramming under my streetlight, confided colorful details about Islamist movements at his university, when Mohammed the biologist discoursed on overexploitation of fish stocks, and when a royal third cousin gossiped about companies controlled by His Sherifian Majesty, it was not because my French accent had improved (though it had), but because I was no longer a stranger.

Diplomats must persuade non-English-speaking politicians to take the risk of telling us what we need to know rather than what we want to hear.

John Brady Kiesling
Why Don’t We Talk Anymore?
Utne Reader March / April 2007