50% of diplomats disagree with Iraq war.

ricewave8.JPGThe Washington Post reported today that only “18 percent of the U.S. Foreign Service think Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is doing a good job protecting their profession” and 44 percent rate her performance as “poor” or “very poor.” The AP also notes that nearly 50 percent of diplomats disagree with the Bush administration’s Iraq policy:

But 48 percent cited “disagreement” with administration policy as a factor in their opposition, said the survey conducted by the American Foreign Service Association, the union that represents U.S. diplomats. In addition, nearly 70 percent of U.S. diplomats oppose forced assignments to Iraq.

State Department spokesman Sean McCormack dismissed the findings, claiming the poll was “self-selective.”