During a State Department meeting yesterday in which Foreign Service Officers aired their grievances about a new policy which may involve forced assignments to Baghdad, one officer expressed his view about the "improved" security environment on the ground there:
Service in Iraq is "a potential death sentence," said one man who identified himself as a 46-year Foreign Service veteran (Jack Croddy). "Any other embassy in the world would be closed by now," he said to sustained applause.
Harry K. Thomas Jr., the director general of the Foreign Service, who called the meeting, responded curtly. "Okay, thanks for your comment," he said, declaring the town hall meeting over.