Posted: 12:19 am ET
We received the following in our inbox:
Be careful what you wish for, you might get it.
Be careful what you complain about, somebody might listen.
One month in, the new Administration already provides unprecedented opportunities for foreign policy professionals to demonstrate their value to the American people.
Non-career Ambassadors overseas – they’re all gone, with only a handful on the way. If you’re the chargé d’affaires, you’re in
charge. Take charge!
In Washington, the Obama White House’s overstaffed National Security Council is no more; good riddance. Too many political appointees at State, at lower and lower levels? They’re all gone, with not even a new “D” en route. If you’re in charge, take charge!
That means demonstrating to President Trump your loyalty to whatever he determines is U.S. foreign policy. Career diplomats in the Foreign Service, and career professionals in the Civil Service, should pick up the baton, get to work, and not wait for further appointments, unless specifically advised to the contrary. Fill the vacuum on your own.
This is career public servants’ opportunity. Thank you.