There is a bit of unrest in the Biden State Department regarding the stance of this government in backing Israel in its war against Hamas.
A scorching internal State Department memo was published on Axios this week calling out Biden, accusing him of being "complicit in genocide."
The report on the memo was first reported on Axios.
A total of 100 State Department and USAID employees signed the memo, strongly urging the reassessment of the United States' policy regarding Israel as well as demanding a cease-fire in its war against Hamas.
The language reflects the rhetoric we have heard from members of the Squad and other progressive Democrats in Congress.
While the memo did not cite a specific example, it did charge Biden with "spreading misinformation in his Oct. 10 speech" supporting Israel.
The memo goes on to criticize Biden for questioning Hamas’ death count in Gaza.
There is also a critique of the administration regarding the lives of Palestinians, stating:
"Members of the White House and (the National Security Council) displayed a clear disregard for the lives of Palestinians, a documented unwillingness to de-escalate, and, even prior to October 7, a reckless lack of strategic foresight."
For the most part, the State Department has tried to play this off as though it is a good thing to have State Department employees supporting Hamas rhetoric and challenging our allegiance to our biggest and most important ally in the Middle East in the name of diversity.
While the White House has not yet directly responded, State Department Spokesman Matthew Miller issued a response on Monday:
"One of our strengths as an organization is that we have that diversity of views and that we welcome people to make those views known. The secretary has met with a number of people from all ranks of the department, from different bureaus in the department to hear exactly what they think about our policy, both with respect to Israel and its conflict with Hamas, and with respect to other matters, including very controversial matters. And he encourages people to provide feedback. He encourages people to speak up if they disagree.
"It doesn't mean that we're going to change our policy based on the disagreements. He is going to take their recommendations and make ultimately what he thinks is the best judgment and make his recommendations to the president about what we ought to do."
The fact that we have so many State Department employees not on board with supporting Israel in this war is rather bothersome, and I would imagine the overwhelming majority of Americans feel that way.
This also needs to be taken into context with the recent reports that Biden has Iranian sympathizers in the State Department who were pushing policies that had the interests of Iran over those of the United States.
You cannot write this off to diversity in the administration, and the fact Biden’s spokespeople are doing this is infuriating.
When this war first broke out, the Biden administration immediately came out and said there was only one stance here, and that was to back Israel.
If that is true, the 100 names on that letter should be terminated and removed from government service immediately.