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Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens America's Security Hardcover – September 1, 2003
Joel Mowbray is a tenacious reporter who knows how to penetrate Foggy Bottom doublespeak. In this book, he skillfully dissects -- Michael Isikoff
What Joel Mowbray uncovers about the State Department is truly shocking. He has performed a unique and invaluable service in -- Sean Hannity
From the Inside Flap
WHOSE SIDE ARE THEY ON?
Diplomacy is one thing. But giving aid and comfort to the enemy is quite another. Yet that is exactly what our very own State Department is doing--coddling brutal dictators, covering up gaping holes in our nation's safety net, and appeasing regimes that actively sponsor terrorists around the world. In this global war on terrorism, the US State Department has proven itself to be one of our biggest obstacles to victory.
In Dangerous Diplomacy, investigative reporter Joel Mowbray exposes teh hidden agendas, mixed allegiances, and outright anti-Americanism that has infected the US State Department. Relying on exhaustive interviews with State Department personnel and extensive research into State's publications, procedures, and recent history, Mowbray reveals an astounding pattern of shortsighted and misguided policies, compounded by an ingrained resistance to self-criticism and corruption.
In Dangerous Diplomacy you'll learn:
*How State's obsession with global "stability" has led it to support bloodthirsty dictators (including many who would rejoice at the demise of the United States)
*State's herculean efforts to cover up the lax visa policies that allowed the September 11 hijackers to enter the US legally--while keeping those policies in place as long as possible
*States arms-for-tyrants program--and how it very nearly succeeded in providing Saddam Hussein's Iraq with nuclear capabilities
*The State/Saudi alliance: Why State bends over backwards to keep the Saudis happy despite the kingdom's clear support for global terrorism
*How American parents whose children have been kidnapped by foreign nationals have been ignored, deserted, and betrayed by the embassies and officials who are supposed to protect Americans
*State's strange and long-standing fondness for brutal, radical Islamic regimes
*How State's entrenched culture makes refore of the organization virtually impossible
*How State concealed information about North Korea's nuclear program
*The Iranian democracy movement: Why it soldiers on with no help from the State Department
*The sorry record of how State not only has declined to discipline incompetent and corrupt immigration officials who let terrorists and other criminals into the US, but rewarded them
*How State has actually fought against families victimized by evil regimes who are trying to recover damages
Mowbray documents a State Department in dire need of reform--revealing here for the first time just how far State has strayed from its intended role as the primary agent of US interests abroad.
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Mowbray ran afoul of State in the context of the Visa Express scandal where State expedited the visas of most of the 9/11 terrorists as part of their program to appease our "strategic ally" of Saudi Arabia. Mowbray rightfully deserves credit for exposing that scandal and goes on to detail how many of State's FSO's dedicated to Saudi Arabia take lucrative "consulting" positions once they retire from US "service."
If you're an American dealing with the State Department and trying to understand why they seem to have their collective head up the proverbial backside of foreign governments (because a kiss is never enough) this is the book for you.
Is this why Diplomacy is dangerous? Simply put: yes. There's a lot more to cover here, I believe. Particularly the constant attacks that diplomats face overseas because they're carrying out foreign policy created by politicians in Washington. Mr. Mowbray wants to blame the furniture for being the furniture.
I encourage an investigation into each and every one of the issues brought up in the book, but not a superficial one. Let's go much deeper, and find out who gave the orders, and why. Wikileaks reveals some of it, though hardly all. Yes, let's investigate.
Although Mowbray attempts to recommend some fixes toward the end of the book, the hopelessness of the situation becomes apparent. Also, being four years old now, it is in need of a revised edition covering Condolesa Rice's tenure at State, which, as Mowbray would no doubt have expected, has been no better than most of her predecessors.
While Saudi Arabia was not officially part of the Visa Waiver Program, Saudi citizens were literally given an unhindered entry through the INS (now BCIS) door and on 911 they entered directly through many windows killing 3.000 people.
Saudi Arabia is clearly an enemy of the United States and it is time the USG comes to term with this new post-911 reality. It is time for American people to realize that Saudi Arabia is an oppressive regime clouded in hatred against Western freedom and values. Anybody coming to the US can practice whatever religion he likes. This isn't the case in most Arab countries, and in particular Saudi Arabia, where even possession of BIBLE is considered crime punishable by severe sentence!!!
Saudi Arabia is run by somebody who was born in desert, has no formal education, speaks no English, and spends most of time riding camels in the middle of nowhere. And he needs more and more the support of the Unites States if he wants to stay in power, certainly more than we need Saudi Arabia.
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