Diplomatic shortcomings

An Associated Press article in the Sun-Gazette on June 16 stated that security at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq was being bolstered and some staff members were being moved out due to the military threat by ISIL.

The article went on to state that the embassy is the largest U.S. diplomatic post in the world, having about 5,000 personnel. What?

Given the amount of embassies we have around the world, if one has 5,000 employees, how many diplomatic personnel can you imagine we pay salaries to worldwide?

No wonder we have a deficit in the trillions and a budget that requires cutting essential dollars from education and health care.

This truly is an area that needs careful scrutiny from the powers that be in Washington. Maybe budget cuts should start in the area of diplomatic personnel.

Sharon DiStasi

Cogan Station

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