Wednesday, May 9, 2007
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Time for the September call-ups in foreign policy
The Financial Times' Edward Luce reports that the Bush administration might have to put out a "Help Wanted" sign for its foreign policy team:
The Bush administration is facing growing difficulties in filling a rising number of high-level vacancies following a recent spate of senior departures.The last two years of an unpopular lame-duck presidency have the same feel of a losing baseball team's last month of the season. In September, all teams call up promising minor league players to see if they can hack it in The Show. In both cases, organizations respond to failure by giving the kids a chance to screw up.
The Bush administration will fill these positions because.... well, because they have little choice. My guess is that, rather than getting people with resumes commensurate with the positions (i.e., Paulson, Gates), they'll have to go a bit younger.
[Why would anyone take these jobs?--ed. Because if they want to get even better positions the next time a Republican takes office, they need to punch their ticket now. Are you one of these people?--ed. Not after this statement, no.]posted by Dan on 05.09.07 at 05:07 PM
Isn't that the job of the President? Commander-in-chief?
Thank Lord your final answer is NO!
Well, not because I think we are spared of your policy if you had taken an Administration position; but I truly believe it will be good for any upright person not to get associated with this 'immoral administration'.
And yes we do want to get back to read your blogs.
Don't forget that Meghan O'Sullivan resigned recently also. Remember her? She wrote the second best book on economic sanctions.posted by: Andrew on 05.09.07 at 05:07 PM [permalink]
Are you one of these people?
Why would Drezner's editor ask such a question? Did the editor forget that Drezner supported Kerry, not Bush, in the last election?posted by: A.S. on 05.09.07 at 05:07 PM [permalink]
A.S.: In Year Seven of a lame-duck administration, the HR guys can't be too choosy.
Moreso considering that there is no possibility of the administration continuing under an elevated Vice President. Someone taking a job in 1999 or 1987 could reasonably expect to continue if VP Gore or VP Bush were elected. Not so for this Administration.posted by: John Bragg on 05.09.07 at 05:07 PM [permalink]
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