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May 21, 2003

THIS DOESN'T SOUND VERY DIPLOMATIC TO ME:

Walk the halls of the State Department's main offices in Washington these days, and you'll encounter an abundance of political cartoons something you could not have found even three years ago. It's not that the diplomats at Foggy Bottom have suddenly developed a sense of humor, but rather a newfound contempt for the leader of the free world. The cartoons overwhelmingly lampoon President Bush as a simpleton who doesn't understand the "complexities" of the foreign policy.

Foreign Service sneering at a president is nothing new, of course, but such open disrespect for a commander-in-chief hasn't existed since Foggy Bottom's diplomats decried Ronald Reagan's description of the Soviet Union as an "evil empire." But at least then-Secretary of State George Schultz was able to keep something of a handle on his lieutenants and foot soldiers. Colin Powell has not.

The result, of course, is the marginalization of the State Department. That's a bad thing -- or it would be, if the State Department had more to offer.

Kamil Zogby isn't very happy with the State Department, either.