The Pasport Backlog
This passport backlog is a matter of some personal concern to me, as we have applied for a passport for Quinn so we can go on a cruise with my wife's family at the end of December. Even a Republican government should be apple to approve an application for a baby in time for December. Fortunately, Maestro has offered to unofficially expedite Quinn's application, but I really hope pulling such strings will not be necessary.
It's even worse than you think (0 / 0)
I have a friend who works in counter-terrorism in the State Department. The friend's area of expertise is Central Asia. You'd think he'd have some pretty important business to attend to these days, what with everything going on there. But guess what my friend will be doing for the next few months?
Passport backlog work.
Yep, and my friend is not alone. Counter-terrorism specialists are being pulled from all over and flown to special offices to work six days a week on clearing out the passport backlog. So critical counter-terrorism desks are sitting empty. This increased emphasis on passports is actually decreasing our security, because critical State Department personnel are being yanked from their jobs and assigned to look over the mound of applications.
Pretty messed up, no?
Of course, a delayed passport pales in comparison to crippling the State Department to deal with this problem. Ugh. Maybe this is all a part of the Bush administration infighting that we're always hearing about. It wouldn't be the first time State has been undercut by other branches of the "unitary" executive.