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This is ironic since with Vietnam, dissent was about ending the total war conducted by Westmoreland, et al., and bringing to light the truth in opposition to government lies. Today’s dissenters seem to demand total war to advance the interests of the anti-Assad forces, which includes al Qaeda and ISIS. "The State Department’s dissent channel was established during the Vietnam War. According to the official Foreign Affairs Manual, it is department policy that “all U.S. citizen employees, foreign and domestic, be able to express dissenting or alternative views on substantive issues of policy, in a manner which ensures serious, high-level review and response.”It was created, the manual says, for use “when such views cannot be communicated in a full and timely manner through regular operating channels or procedures, to the attention of the Secretary of State and other senior State Department officials in a manner which protects the author from any penalty, reprisal or recrimination.”Of course, "The dissent memo said the signers were not “advocating for a slippery slope that ends in a military confrontation with Russia . . .” Of course not. What is Victoria Nuland’s position in the State Department currently?
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