State Magazine, December 2007
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|December 27 2007|
State Magazine: News and Information for U.S. Department of State and Prospective Employees
State Magazine is published monthly, except bimonthly in July and August, by the U.S. Department of State, 2201 C St., N.W., Washington, DC 20520.
State Magazine is published to facilitate communication between management and employees at home and abroad and to acquaint employees with developments that may affect operations or personnel. The magazine is also available to persons interested in working for the Department of State and to the general public.
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Twilight of the Soul
Happy Holidays (FROM THE SECRETARY):
Every holiday season, as one year turns to another, we take a moment to step back from everything, to put the rush of our daily lives into some perspective and to give thanks for what is most meaningful and important to us. Our thoughts turn to our friends, our families and our colleagues serving overseas. And that is what I wish to give thanks for most of all this year: our people, you.
This is a challenging time for our country and for all of us. Rarely has our government been focused on more hard problems at once–from Pakistan and North Korea, to Sudan and Burma, to Afghanistan and, of course, Iraq. Challenges like these, and many others, are far different from the ones that you and I might have anticipated even a few years ago. They signal that our world is in the midst of a critical time of transition, and our government, like all of us who serve in it, is adapting to succeed. Change like this is never easy.
I understand that we who have the honor of leading this Department are asking a lot of you right now, and every opportunity I get, I remind our fellow Americans, and especially their representatives in Congress, of the hard but vital work that their diplomats are doing every day on their behalf. I remind them that more than ever before in our Department’s history, more of you are serving far away from your families and friends, in difficult and often dangerous places around the world. I remind them that many of you are making sacrifices in service to your country, shoulder to shoulder with our men and women in uniform.
Ours tasks are indeed great, and they demand much of us all, but I believe that our world and our work today are defined far more by the opportunities we have than the challenges we face. We have an opportunity to rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons. We have an opportunity to help Israelis and Palestinians achieve peace. And we now have an opportunity, despite the setbacks we have faced, to help the Iraqi people bring lasting security and prosperity to their free nation.
It is an honor to serve our nation at this time of challenge and opportunity, and it is an honor to serve alongside such dedicated and hard-working people as you. The work we are doing together is hard, and it is sometimes trying, but it is vital tosecuring the interests of the United States. The State Department is an extended family, and as we perform this work we must support and strengthen one another as families do. I am personally committed to ensuring that each member of this family has the resources and support that they need.
I thank you all for your service, I wish you a happy holiday season and I look forward with hope and confidence to what we will achieve together in the next year.
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