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Horsey: Bannon and Trump leave the State Department stranded on the sidelines

Horsey: Bannon and Trump leave the State Department stranded on the sidelines

In recent decades, Americans have become more aware, and more appreciative, of the sacrifices made by the men and women in the U.S. armed forces. It would be a good thing if we could develop the same sense of gratitude for the men and women in our diplomatic corps.

Many more American soldiers would have died on battlefields if American diplomats -- from skilled ambassadors down to the most anonymous, unsung employees of the State Department -- had not been doing the knotty business of preserving peace by building alliances, negotiating with adversaries and cultivating new friends in flash points across the globe. The Defense Department lays claim to half the discretionary federal...

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