Four years ago this wouldn’t have been quite so… fraught with symbolism:
This week, the Senate is poised to confirm Gregory Starr as the State Department’s chief of diplomatic security. The once-obscure position of protecting American diplomats overseas became a lightning rod last year following the terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. But current and former State Department officials told The Cable that confirming Starr could be a mistake and raised a string of fresh allegations against him. Among them: that the man who is supposed to oversee thousands of new security agents has shot himself in the foot. And not just figuratively.
Or even two years ago. Since then… well. It’s not really surprising, is it? But fraught! Oh, so very fraught…
PS: I predict that if the mockery that will result from this story gets too public then the administration is going to end up getting incredibly whiny over it. Barack Obama’s people don’t like being made fun of, and they absolutely hate it when something that looks good on paper doesn’t work quite as well in Reality Non-Unicorn.