The Foreign Service Journal, December 2022

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL | DECEMBER 2022 13 Share your thoughts about this month’s issue. Submit letters to the editor: As for the opening of the mission in Conakry, Chargé Rinden was certainly in place. What took eight months was the arrival of an ambassador, the fault of the Eisenhower administration. I should have clarified that for our FS readership. Eight months without a chief of mission may not seem like an extended period in today’s Foreign Service, but it infuriated the thin-skinned Touré, who considered the presence of an ambas- sador the respectful sign of a full embassy and the prolonged absence of one a purposeful insult. Ambassador John Morrow belatedly arrived; he himself didn’t take lightly what he perceived as hostile and racist U.S. staff attitudes toward himself as a Black political appointee. He walked into a chief-of-mission residence in disarray despite the many months to prepare, the details of which he spelled out in his memoir. The Edward Kennedy visit presents another curious episode, whose symbol- ism was not lost on the family-centered Guineans. Due to FSJ word limits, this and the Morrow anecdote were deleted frommy article. However necessary, the editor’s cut- ting knife can be imperfect. In any case, there’s ample scholarship on Kennedy’s Africa policy once he entered the White House, where I would argue the tale of little brother’s brief adventure more appropriately belongs. These are exactly the stories the Jour- nal is in a position to dig up from the likes of us and that enrich our under- standing of the past as a nation. I hope you’re ready for more. Three cheers for the FSJ ’s work! Greg Garland FSO, retired Washington, D.C. n