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December 13, 2007



Nice thought, but the reality is that the GOP is doing its best to see that this Congress doesn't achieve anything. Even if they were successful in creating it years worth of bureaucratic infighting and logistical problems would render such an agency ineffective. Witness the Department of Homeland Security. I am involved with one PD program at State that last year finally began contracting out critical logistical operations years after USIA's demise. It would take still more years to rip it all up and get integrated into a new agency. I don't think re-inventing the wheel will do any good nor is it necessary. What's really needed is a large boost in funding for the programs that we already have in place and the creation of still other new public diplomacy programs. That will happen when shrimps learn to whistle.

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