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LETTER: The U.S. Foreign Service needs more resources

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As a retired member of the U.S. Foreign Service, I was proud to represent America in Israel, Indonesia, Afghanistan and Denmark. I write this in advance of Foreign Service Day on May 7, a day designated by Congress to honor our active-duty and retired members of the Foreign Service.

It is an understatement to say that the past year of devastation and uncertainty has been difficult for everyone. This includes members of our Foreign Service who have remained on the front lines throughout the pandemic, working to bring more than 100,000 Americans home safely and continuing to protect and serve America’s interests abroad.

Diplomacy and development are our first line of defense, neutralizing issues before they become threats to Americans. However, for diplomacy and development to take the premier place once again in our foreign policy, we must strengthen our Foreign Service. Our diplomats are overstretched, and our embassies and consulates are understaffed. China has eclipsed us with more diplomatic outposts and overseas diplomatic personnel.

This year has demonstrated the need for increased global engagement and the importance of U.S. global leadership. America’s diplomats are on the ground in countries all over the world representing American interests. Let’s make sure they have the necessary personnel and resources to meet the needs of the American people.

Adrienne Gordon Fagler

Dumfries

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Catharpin411

Name one already bloated government agency that doesnt yearn for more resources...more money...more people etc and so on.

Enough...let's get our priorities straight first and stop this willy-nilly approach

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