National Security Advisor Susan Rice gave a commencement address at Florida International University and lamented what she sees as a lack “diversity in the realm of foreign policy and national security.” Speaking yesterday, Rice said “We must acknowledge that our national security agencies have not yet drawn fully on the strengths of our great nation.” According to the post at the White House website, Rice said yesterday “In the halls of power, in the faces of our national security leaders, America is still not fully reflected.”

She added, “Too often, our national security workforce has been what former Florida Senator Bob Graham called ‘white, male, and Yale.’” Rice has also served in the Obama administration as the nation’s ambassador to the United Nations.

According to Rice, “Minorities still make up less than 20 percent of our senior diplomats,” and “less than 15 percent of senior military officers and senior intelligence officials.” What “distinguishes” the United States, Rice said, “from so many other countries is not just the might of our military or the size of our economy,” but “our innovation, our fearlessness, and our diversity.”



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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