Joel Mowbray
Today is the last day in a series of exclusive excerpts Townhall is running from the explosive expose on the State Department, Dangerous Diplomacy. Although Joel Mowbray is best known for shutting down the Visa Express program in Saudi Arabia and surviving State's attempt to detain him, his new book covers everything from how State has has made it easier for brutal dictatorships to acquire weapons of mass destruction to how State has abandoned American children who have been kidnapped and taken to foreign lands like Saudi Arabia. Filled with never-before-told stories, Joel Mowbray's new book is controversial, provactive, and entertaining--and Townhall is the only place you can read an exclusive series of excerpts from this hot blockbuster.  Excerpts: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

You have one more test to pass.”

That’s what then–secretary of state George Shultz would tell newly appointed diplomats after they had finished the obligatory grip-and-grin. The guest in his office would look puzzled, and Shultz would instruct him or her, “You have to go over to the globe on my desk and identify your country.” Invariably, the statesman would point to New Zealand or Egypt or some other nation, to which Shultz would reply, “No, point to your country,” reminding him where his true loyalties lie.

“Originally,” Shultz says, “I thought of it as something fun.” But when it took several years for someone actually to spin the globe around and point to the United States, the exercise became a potent—and telling—display of the underlying problem of the State Department. Foggy Bottom’s inverted priorities—believing that the job of the diplomatic corps is to represent a foreign country’s interests in America, not America’s interests in the foreign country—can be seen in any number of examples, from easy visas to child abduction cases.

Joel Mowbray

Joel Mowbray, who got his start with, is an award-winning investigative journalist, nationally-syndicated columnist and author of Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens America's Security.

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