No wonder the State Department can’t get anything done

Does diplomacy work when vicious killers are swarming around you? That’s the challenge the U.S. State Department is facing this summer. Cicada “killer” wasps have infested Foggy Bottom and are scaring the bejeezus out of American diplomats who go in and out of the Harry S. Truman building every day. Bet the folks down at ...

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Does diplomacy work when vicious killers are swarming around you? That's the challenge the U.S. State Department is facing this summer. Cicada "killer" wasps have infested Foggy Bottom and are scaring the bejeezus out of American diplomats who go in and out of the Harry S. Truman building every day. Bet the folks down at the Pentagon are having a field day with this.

Despite their threatening name and fearsome appearance (they can grow up to two inches long) these cicada killer wasps are actually fairly harmless—so long as you don't bug 'em while they're mating. And, well, summertime is mating season. Maybe Condi should appoint a special envoy outside the department to inundate the wasps with missives and memos. Then there'll be peace and quiet for sure, right?

Does diplomacy work when vicious killers are swarming around you? That’s the challenge the U.S. State Department is facing this summer. Cicada “killer” wasps have infested Foggy Bottom and are scaring the bejeezus out of American diplomats who go in and out of the Harry S. Truman building every day. Bet the folks down at the Pentagon are having a field day with this.

Despite their threatening name and fearsome appearance (they can grow up to two inches long) these cicada killer wasps are actually fairly harmless—so long as you don’t bug ’em while they’re mating. And, well, summertime is mating season. Maybe Condi should appoint a special envoy outside the department to inundate the wasps with missives and memos. Then there’ll be peace and quiet for sure, right?

Christine Y. Chen is a senior editor at Foreign Policy.

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