Generalist Political Thriller ‘The Diplomat’ Coming Soon to Netflix

 

Netflix just announced that there’s an 8-episode political thriller coming our way. Keri Russell who played a Russian spy in The Americans will reportedly play a career diplomat “who lands a high-profile job she’s unsuited for in the midst of an international crisis, creating tectonic implications for her marriage and her political future.”
This might be worth the wait but perhaps somebody should tell the folks over there that career dips do not just “land” a job.  Did she submit her bidlist or she had a 7th floor fairy godmother?
Also, one could argue that a career diplomat is a “generalist” who will be suited for all sorts of jobs high profile or otherwise, amidst a crisis or multiple  crises (isn’t there a Crisis Management Exercise scenario with a bombing, a coup, an earthquake and a tsunami happening in the same country at the same time?).
We’re rather wondering at our house what else would create “tectonic implications” with her EFM (please make it Matthew Rhys Evans)? The details  should be interesting or maybe not?
More reactions:
So what you’re saying is that senior women who are career experts are not prepared to *checks notes* do their jobs and live their lives but are in fact inherently obsessed with a political future? Ffs.
Can’t wait to see Keri Russel fight with the Line over one space after a period. Not be able to get on the latest Teams meeting because DS won’t let her have a webcam. Sitting on hold with IT because the certificates on her CAC expired. RIVETING.
Annoying – why can’t a male career diplomat land a high-profile job they are unsuited for.
“Unsuited for?” This would make more sense if she was a political appointee.
I’ll be interested in how true to form they are in creating a back story for a “career diplomat”
Ep 1-6: Keri waits for months for Senate confirmation to start job Ep 7: After finally getting confirmed, Keri realizes she can’t actually do job because the NSC is constantly micromanaging the crisis from DC Ep 8: Keri quits government in frustration, joins think tank
One whole episode will be her trying to get a clearance for her position paper from an obscure bureau in the Department, waiting until 8 pm when they finally reply changing “glad” to “happy” in exactly one place.  
Episode 4 where we find out a senator placed a hold on Keri’s nomination because he’s pissed the HHS Secretary didn’t respond to his letter from three months ago is gonna be 🔥
Keri’s appointment was always intended to wrap up by episode 8 and we thank her for her valuable service,” a department spokesperson said.
RANDOM COMMENTS ONLINE:
“Very excited. Watching Keri Russell clear memos is the definition of must see tv.”
“Hopefully the surprise ending doesn’t turn out to be she’s a Russian spy.”
“I thought it was Paige who was going to wind up at State?” (See The Americans)
“This is a weird prequel for the americans, but i’ll take it”
“I hope its Homeland meets The Americans!”
“This going to be at all true to Foreign Service life, or another spy-type show that hides behind the title of “State Department” but really has nothing to do with it?”
“delete these words: “where she’ll play a career diplomat who lands”
“That synopsis just sounds like a normal politician in the regular old government. Nothing special there.Make it exciting, add in an alien invasion”

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USG to Allow Certain Persons From Ukraine to Travel to US Without Pre-Departure COVID-19 Tests

On February 14, the United States announced the temporary relocation of US Embassy operations from Kyiv to Lviv. (U.S. Shuts Down Embassy Kyiv, “Temporarily Relocating” Operations to Lviv). 
According to a CDC announcement, on February 15, 2022, the Secretary of Homeland Security determined that it is in the national interest to permit the entry of noncitizen nonimmigrants who (1) are traveling with a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident; (2) were physically present in Ukraine as of February 10, 2022; and (3) possess valid travel documents allowing them to travel to the United States. Covered persons will not be required to provide proof of negative COVID-19 test result prior to boarding their flights to the United States. All travelers are still required to “properly wear well-fitting masks during the flight.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that, based on a request from the U.S. Department of State and consistent with the determination made by the Secretary of Homeland Security, it will exercise its enforcement discretion regarding certain aspects of its “Amended Order: Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test Result or Recovery from COVID-19 for All Airline Passengers Arriving into the United States,” and its Amended Order Implementing Presidential Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic pdf icon[PDF – 52 pages],” effective immediately. This exercise of enforcement discretion is limited to the following groups of individuals, to the extent they were physically present in Ukraine as of February 10, 2022: U.S. citizens; lawful permanent residents; noncitizens in possession of a valid U.S. immigrant visa; as well as noncitizen nonimmigrants who are traveling with a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident and possess valid travel documents allowing them to travel to the United States (collectively, “covered persons”). This exercise of enforcement discretion will enter into effect immediately and expire on March 1, 2022, at 2359 ET, subject to any further extensions.

Pursuant to this exercise of enforcement discretion, covered persons will not be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result prior to boarding a flight to the United States or to complete the attestation at Section 1 of the Combined Passenger Disclosure and Attestation to the United States of America pdf icon[PDF – 7 pages] form.

CDC requests that all air carriers cooperate in this exercise of enforcement discretion. Noncitizen nonimmigrants must continue to complete Section 2 of the Combined Passenger Disclosure and Attestation to the United States of America pdf icon[PDF – 7 pages] form attesting to either being fully vaccinated and providing proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or, if traveling pursuant to an exception, including a national interest exception, that they have made arrangements to receive a COVID-19 test within three to five days of arrival in the United States, to self-quarantine for seven days, to self-isolate in the event of a positive COVID-19 test or the development of COVID-19 symptoms, and to become fully vaccinated for COVID-19 within 60 days of arrival in the United States if intending to stay in the United States for more than 60 days.

All travelers are also required to properly wear a well-fitting mask to keep the nose and mouth covered during the flight, including on public transportation and in airports and other transportation hubs. Travelers may further be subject to additional public health measures as may be required by State and local health authorities at their arrival location in the United States.

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goodbye

On March 11, 2022, I will have been blogging for 5,110 days. However, the time has come for me to bid goodbye and put this blog to rest. There is no single thing that’s making me hang up my er, quill and ink. Mostly, I’m just  totally exhausted but, I’m also disillusioned;  not a good combination in the head space.
I will keep blogging to the very end (March 11).  Please note that I am not/not soliciting contributions for another year of blogging.  The last blog post will be on March 11, 2022. The Twitter handle @Diplopundit will also retire on March 11, 2022.

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New US Ambassador Thomas Barrett Presents Credentials in Luxembourg

 

 

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