U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry mourns 'selfless, idealistic' US diplomat (+video)

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  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    April 8, 2013 2:25 p.m.

    @let be reasonable

    I wish I could like your comment 20 times. thank you

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    April 8, 2013 9:44 a.m.

    Military members serve the President of the United States of America but in a different way than the civilian corps does in the State Department. State Department workers overseas don't have the protection of their squad members in doing their duties. They are alone a lot of the time giving their skills, dedication and their talents to people that don't understand our way of life. They live in a completely different world, no matter which country, culture or language they speak. We don't appreciate all that the diplomatic corps of the United States of America do for our country and to show others what we believe and feel.

    It is a shame that politics and the campaigning for the elected officials has taken a 24/7/365 reign of terror. The current officials, whether members of Congress or the President spend all their time preparing and campaigning for their next term. Senators can get a little break but the people and their parties require every waking moment for the next election.

    It takes the lame duck time to let a person do their duty. However, this President is campaigning for something all the time, even if not his own election.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    April 8, 2013 3:53 a.m.

    Re: ". . . we should focus on her, not your personal political opinions for just a few seconds."

    . . . and completely ignore, of course, the three soldiers and the DoD "soldier in slacks" that were killed supporting this touchy-feely publicity stunt.

    Years of dealing with DoS personnel, particularly the career FSOs revealed very, very few idealists. Many careerists, like Kerry. Most of whom, like Kerry, considered the soldiers supporting them as subhuman.

    But few real idealists.

  • Let's be reasonable Baghdad, 00
    April 7, 2013 10:39 p.m.

    WOW. Just wow.

    I young woman dies serving the interests of the United States, simultaniously helping to educate the poor and downtrodden of a war-torn country and you guys take this forum as a place to argue about the President? Shame.

    I serve whoever is the President of the people of the United States. I serve because I know the world and our nation are better places because I try to protect and enhance lives. That is what this young woman was doing and we should focus on her, not your personal political opinions for just a few seconds.

    I don't often share in the views of many of the foreign service officers, they tend to be more liberal than I, but I respect that they have stood up and left usually more lucrative jobs to leave their families and live in places that don't have potable water, don't have familiar food and usually speak another language. That can be lonely. I think usually one of the reasons they do it is because they know what they do is important. Let's talk about that, not how much you agree with or disagree with President Obama.

  • m.g. scott clearfield, UT
    April 7, 2013 8:15 p.m.

    HS Fan

    And when you say America deserves better, I'd hope that would include President Obama too.
    Because in my 50 year old eyes, he is the worst I've lived to see. Right now Presidents like Carter and Clinton look like they should be on Mt. Rushmore compared to President Obama.

  • HS Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    April 7, 2013 7:41 p.m.

    Whoever the Democrats elect for their party's nomination will be likely to be our next President. Republicans and their policies have drifted so far from the decent center of this country that they'll have to tamper their vile and self serving ways before they can re-gain the White House. Their last two candidates were terrible and America deserves better.

  • SCfan clearfield, UT
    April 7, 2013 4:30 p.m.

    I sure think that John Kerry would have made a much better President of the United States than this current one. In 2016 I hope the Democrats will put up someone who has the necessary experience to be a President, instead of a pop star figure. The Republicans too of course, then, maybe after 2016 no matter who wins, we will have an adult in the White House with the knowledge and experience to do the worlds toughest job. We need that badly. Obama clearly didn't have it and even after 4 years of OJT doesn't seemed to have learned much.