PATSY R. BRUMFIELD: Who cares about sex of diplomat?

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

Sometimes, so-called experts are just nuts. For example, a female Texas pediatrician – who shall remain nameless – seems to think that her time working as a Washington lobbyist makes her more insightful than the rest of us.
Offered to me as a story “expert,” she has the unmitigated gall to insist that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice was a poor choice for U.S. secretary of state, not because she is unqualified but that she is a woman.
I checked the calendar and, sure enough, it is almost 2013, if we survive Dec. 21, which some folks believe may be the end of our time on this blue marble.
I admit to saying some pretty hair-brained things in print. Hillary Rodham Clinton hasn’t escaped my catty suggestions that she wears pants suits because she has piano legs.
But, I’ve grown up a little since I made those snide remarks four years ago. I think piano legs may look pretty good in the White House one of these days, if that concussion she got the other day didn’t knock some more sense into her smart brain.
Woman that she is, Ms. Clinton has provided exceptionally fine service to her country. Friends, our oft-times lame-brained government needs all the smart, creative and diplomatic people we can get, regardless of sex, race or fashion orientation.
As for our next secretary of state, this Texas woman says we need a man with a firm handshake to show the rest of the world we mean business.
She says women doing this job don’t look right in pants suits and goodness knows not in a skirt, which might show too much skin.
She says Sen. John Kerry “might be” a good nominee, but it would be “nice” if President Obama could find “a man in the diplomatic corps who is Arab-American and multi-lingual.”
She also says that if we can’t get a world-class male diplomat, let’s send somebody like ex-Special Forces or a Navy SEAL with good manners and a “thin veneer covering a lethal force.”
A woman just isn’t the right man for the job, this woman writes. I certainly hope this “expert” gets thunderous silence in response to her idiotic pitch for her services. I’m almost sorry to give her any forum at all, except to expose her antiquated, sexist viewpoints.
And I don’t think it has anything to do with Texas, a most excellent place. She probably moved there after medical school.
As we look anxiously toward 2013, and I do because I am anxious about odd numbers, the United States of America and its elected leaders ought to be seeking help and advice from the best sources, male or female, without regard for whether somebody’s got on pants or a skirt.
Scotsmen wear kilts. Middle Easterners often wear floor-length gowns. East Indians are readily accepted in long, skirt-like garments. No one gets their undergarments in a wad over these things. Few, if any, have ever considered William Wallace, Lawrence of Arabia or Gandhi wimps for their garment choices.
So, I do not care which sex the next U.S. secretary of state lists on a census form. Rather, I do care who best can represent our country and help influence the rest of the world toward greater peace and understanding.
He. She. Or it.
Texas doctor, your stupidity is showing. Merry Christmas.
Patsy R. Brumfield writes a Thursday column. Contact her at or (662) 678-1596. Follow on Twitter @realnewsqueen.

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