• Interview with Blog “Random Thoughts”

    June 9, 2013

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    Posted in: Afghanistan, Embassy/State, Iraq

    I enjoyed a recent interview with the blog Random Thoughts. A sample:

    Teri: In light of new reports on the wasted money we spent on Iraq’s reconstruction, I suspect you got an apology from the State Department. Did you?

    Van Buren: You’re a funny person. My apology may have been lost in the mail.

    Teri: You’ve worked for the State Department under a number of Secretaries. Who was the most effective of these, in your opinion?

    Van Buren: Ironically, the first half of the Colin Powell tenure. Powell, likely because of his military background where caring for the troops is an essential requirement for any leader, was the only Secretary to make positive changes to the life and work of the rank and file. Powell, for example, overruled Diplomatic Security’s ban on the internet inside of the State Department. Security claimed it was dangerous to info security while Powell said the reality of our modern world demanded access. Without him State employees would still be getting their news a day late in paper form. The irony, of course, is that it was Powell who plunged State into Iraq and thus helped to destroy the rank and file by wasting their time, energy and lives inside that failed war.

    Have a look at the whole discussion on Random Thoughts.

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  • Recent Comments

    • pitchfork said...


      Wow. Teri interviewed you? How cool. I visit Random Thoughts a few times a week. Talk about overwhelming info on a lot of issues. Great job Teri.

      06/9/13 2:56 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      Teri: What do you make of the latest Pentagon announcement that the War on Terror is going to last at least another decade or two?

      Van Buren: It is in DOD’s financial interest for the WOT to go on forever, and it likely will.

      Given the revelation the NSA can now spy on US, the WOT has spread to a war on the Homefront.

      PVB, Given your service in Hong Kong, any advice for fellow whistleblower Edward Snowden? He may be there awhile.


      06/9/13 8:52 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      More “Random Thoughts” – Obama is determined also to be the first black president to be impeached.

      06/9/13 9:08 PM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...


      That megalomaniac makes Nixon look like an amateur.

      From the 1973 LP “The Watergate Comedy Hour”:


      06/10/13 10:01 AM | Comment Link

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