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Mr. b, you are SO right. Nation-building with an extreme likelihood of watching it detonate is fraught with peril - valuable experience these Yellow Elephants can take into the private sector. If they survive.

I think Jonah Goldberg, with his insouciance and les mots juste, should be first in line to handle such delicate diplomatic chores.

Forced assignment? What do you call sending the National Guard, which is charged with assisting in emergencies here at home?

I think the guys and gals over at LGF, Red State, Capin's Quarters, Atlas, Flopping Aces, Malkin, Coulter, etc etc should all be forced into service in Iraq.

Maybe the Pentagon is also short on cod pieces.

The Young Republicans actually have a good excuse not to join the Foreign Service - they've never believed in diplomacy. Remember, this is the "isn't that why we have the Air Force?" crowd.

If you told them that diplomats were really responsible for picking bombing targets, or acting as forward air controllers, there's be a stampede of yellow elephants. True, they'd still be running in a panic away from actual service, but at least they'd be motivated...

Do you really want the Diplomatic Corps to become even more politically tilted like all of the rest of the government has become?

Then again, they probably are already as politicized as the DoJ and other departments... And that is why they refuse to go to Iraq. Because they are already TOW-the-safe-side-of-THE-war-LINE republicans.

"Do you really want the Diplomatic Corps to become even more politically tilted like all of the rest of the government has become?"

At least a little insight on what a war really looks like would turn them into isolationists.

Didn't republicans usta be isolationists?

Why not use a "Ferengi" (Star Trek) approach and con them into thinking they'll be great opportunities to profit from state Dept duty in Iraq? You'd need to craft an elaborate facade of "exceptional, high-margin business opportunities" there, but it could work with the Right (excuse the pun) salesmanship. So long as the lil' Reaganites believe they'll richly cash in on some "can't-miss emerging markets opportunity," they'll take the bait. Their god is cold, hard cash -- they can't help themselves but grab at the green stuff.

Gee I wish my grand daughter could have refused to go to Hell to serve. I raq is such a nice place to die, if you like 120 degree heat and in constant danger of being blown up. What a vacation spot.

You'd need to craft an elaborate facade of "exceptional, high-margin business opportunities" there, but it could work with the Right (excuse the pun) salesmanship. So long as the lil' Reaganites believe they'll richly cash in on some "can't-miss emerging markets opportunity," they'll take the bait. Their god is cold, hard cash -- they can't help themselves but grab at the green stuff.

Posted by: TC-12

Shouldn't be too hard...

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