The Desperation Of Our Diplomats

A marginalized State Department leads to the farce of the White House’s Israel-Palestine peace initiative, uncoordinated with the diplomats who know the issues and are needed to marshal regional support.
Still, it is essential the State Department hold the line — for global security, for decency and for truth itself.
But now, at a time of growing great-power rivalry, a diminished State Department leaves a vacuum Russia and China will fill.
At the State Department, his chief of staff is widely seen as having walled him off.
The Tillerson-Trump relationship remains a work in progress, with each blaming the other for the slow pace of State Department appointments.

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