July 01, 2012
If you thought the Dept. of State was bad in Afghanistan in 2009...
There are some pretty terrible horror stories in Rajiv Chandrasekaran's new book, but while reading the new John Lewis Gaddis biography of George F. Kennan, I learned that U.S. diplomats interned by the Germans for six months after the war broke out in 1941 were not paid for those six months because they "had not been working."
My review (of sorts) of the Chandrasekaran book can be read via my column in last week's World Politics Review.