Marie Yovanovich’s departure from the State Department was done without fanfare, quietly and with dignity, like the woman herself. It’s a loss to our government that a top notch career diplomat like this has stepped down, but no one can blame her for this decision after the vile ordeal of the Ukraine scandal and being in Giuliani’s and Trump’s cross-hairs. CNN:

Former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie “Masha” Yovanovitch — a highly respected career diplomat who unwittingly became one of the central figures in the impeachment drama — has retired from the State Department.

Yovanovitch leaves after more than three decades in the foreign service. She was described as “someone who has never been hungry for the spotlight,” by one former State Department official.
It is unclear when exactly Yovanovitch retired, but the official said it was sometime in the last two weeks. She had most recently been serving as a senior State Department fellow at Georgetown University.
She was removed from her post as the US ambassador in Kiev in May 2019 after a targeted campaign against her led by allies of President Donald Trump.
I can only imagine Ambassador Yovanovich’s reaction when she learned that the Moron in Chief was bleating “She’s bad news,” and “I have the right to hire and fire my own ambassadors, I think that’s important,” when her own performance since she was appointed during the Bush administration had been beyond reproach. But Trump doesn’t review the facts, he’s just out for a testosterone power blast and a photo op on any given day. Can you imagine how these diplomats must feel, knowing that there’s a lunatic in charge and that at any moment, given the right circumstances, they can become embroiled in a Trumpian conspiracy theory and find decades of sterling work go up in smoke, in the time it takes to say “emails?”
While I certainly respect the ambassador’s decision and understand it, nevertheless I see it as tragic. She had so much more to give to the State Department. How many more seasoned professionals are we going to lose to the buffoonery and circus of the current administration? Diplomats and ambassadors are not fungible goods, not by a long shot. We just lost one of the best, as the Trump threshing machine keeps moving through our government, destroying careers and demolishing institutions.
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23 Comments on "Marie Yovanovich Has Resigned From The State Department"

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mae
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I think about what she must feel a lot. As well as the other people he has targeted. America has lost something so precious.

Slats
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What happened to Ms. Yovanovich was perhaps the most painful part of the testimony , in my oppinion , ans should have constituted a third article of impeachment . Had that happened , the house managers could have dragged that exception to moral behavior , that bipartisanly moved a lot of Americans , and reaped a standing ovation in the house , for our lady . After JFKs , the the character assination on Marie Yovanovitch became the third Great National Tragedy , in my life time . The aquital of Trump is on the fast track to replacing JFK… Read more »
Bareshark
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Worth mentioning: how we respond to this tragedy is going to be telling. Be mindful always of the Stockdale Paradox: you have to believe that what you are working towards is possible while also acknowledging the brutal conditions on the ground. So if you pin all your hopes on any one event being the knockout blow and it doesn’t happen, you run the risk of being done in by a broken heart. To outlive this nightmare, our hearts need to be cared for much better than that.

Bareshark
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While she’s gone, it’s not like she’s in the ground. Assuming that we can wrap our business with Trump by year’s end, she and so many others might come back under a new, saner administration. But we gotta get through this first.

Denis Elliott
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I’ve got a cousin who retired from the Foreign Service towards the end of Obama’s second term. As Trump’s rein of incompetent terror began and State found Rex Tillerson at the helm a wholesale dismantling of the Dept. was initiated. Jim was still in contact with a lot of former colleagues at the time & told me more than once that the gutting of people and programs was crippling our ability to maintain influence in the world. Worse he said was that the stunning loss of talent, people who were either pushed out or realized what was happening and left… Read more »
ed east
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suck your thumb….moron in journalism

Bareshark
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Enjoy irrelevance, little troll. This decade is going to be very hard on your kind. And I’m not too good to say that I’m going to enjoy every last scream of impotence you will utter.

anastasjoy
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I am bowled over by the eloquence.

ed east
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good riddance

p j evans
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I think 30 years is long enough that she was probably thinking of retiring anyway.

Concinnity
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Would the last person leaving The State Department please turn off the lights.

anastasjoy
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This has a lot to do with why I’m not excited about the game of trying to find cabinet posts for unsuccessful presidential candidates. In many cases, they’re not the best choice. In other cases, they’re wasted. When we elect a Democratic president, the main job of the next Secretary of State, as well as the next Attorney General, will be to restaff and rebuild their departments and their reputations. This can be done by a talented career professional of the Yavanovich type without wasting a Kamala Harris or someone like that.

anastasjoy
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You know, Trump DID have the right to haves own people. And if he had called her personally and said “You’ve done a great job, but I want my own person there now,” following protocol, none of this would have happened. But he had to go swaggering around like a gangster and being a bully and slipping the noose around his own neck.

redheadedgammy
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It’s how he has always operated. His malignant narcissism enjoys hurting other people. I hope dies alone and penniless.

anastasjoy
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Personally, I’d like to see hm die in prison, where he belongs. After a fair trial, of course. With witnesses!