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Foggy Bottom, the Swamp Meets the Bottom Line

To survive in free market enterprise, each employee must be able to demonstrate his contribution to the company’s bottom line.   In non-profits enterprises such as charities, government or ESPN not so much.  So when  PDT put a free enterprise shark, Rex Tillerson, in charge of the federal government biggest and most fetid swamp, the State Department, a/k/a Foggy Bottom, expect the swamp denizens, to cry to Paper of the Swamp, a/k.a New York Slimes,   when their area of the swamp is drained, from the Slimes:

For those who have not been dismissed, retirement has become a preferred alternative when, like Mr. Miller, they find no demand for their expertise. A retirement class that concludes this month has 26 senior employees, including two acting assistant secretaries in their early 50s who would normally wait years before leaving.

The number of those with the department’s top two ranks of career ambassador and career minister — equivalent to four- and three-star generals — will have been cut in half by Dec. 1, from 39 to 19. And of the 431 minister-counselors, who have two-star-equivalent ranks, 369 remain and another 14 have indicated that they will leave soon — an 18 percent drop — according to an accounting provided by the American Foreign Service Association.

Hat tip and reax, Last Refuge [1]:

Making America Great Again means Making Interventionism Irrelevant Again – The New York Times outlines why the diplomatic retention of irrelevant snobbery is vital to those within the State Department’s cocktail circuit influence network. At the rate Tillerson is going he might even eliminate the entire staff for the Assistant Cultural Ambassador to the U.N. Center for Biodiversity and Southern Hemispheric Aquatic Species Rights. That’s the threshold where things are really going to get ugly

Lead, follow or get out of the way, Foggy Bottom is incapable of the former two. It have to settle for being part of the latter.